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U.S. Treasury Warns Financial Institutions of Venezuelan Corruption and Money Laundering

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued an advisory on September 20 warning U.S. financial institutions of “money laundering schemes used by corrupt Venezuelan...more

The Morning Risk Report: Data-Transfer Case Creates New Uncertainty

Tim Toohey was quoted in a October 5, 2017, Wall Street Journal article written by Ben DiPietro discussing the decision by Ireland's High Court to refer a data-transfer case involving Safe Harbor and Privacy Shield to the...more

Justice Department Accuses Google of “Alarming” Tactics in Fight over SCA Search Warrant

The ongoing dispute between the government and Google concerning the company’s refusal to hand over customer data stored on foreign servers has taken an odd twist. Now, the Justice Department is demanding that Google be...more

Changes in the protection of employment related personal data

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On 14 September 2017, long-awaited drafts of new laws adjusting the provisions of Polish law to the Regulation (EU) 2016/679 – General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), which will take effect on 25 May 2018....more

When 2017 Becomes 1984: Facial Recognition Technologies - Face a Growing Legal Landscape

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Recently, Stanford University professor and researcher Michal Kosinski caused a stir of epic proportions and conjured up visions of George Orwell’s 1984 in the artificial intelligence (AI) community. Kosinski posited that...more

To Be Cyber Secure – May Not Mean You Are Export Secure

Ensuring that technical data is compliant with both export regulations and cybersecurity requires an understanding of what export controlled technical data/technology relate to and how they work together. The two major export...more

EU Updates on Schrems II and the Privacy Shield

The current challenge to Facebook’s privacy practices in Ireland (“Schrems II”) may be coming to a head. You will recall that in Schrems I, the challenge to Facebook’s privacy practices led to a decision issued by the...more

Supreme Court to Discuss Granting Review in Microsoft E-Mails Case October 6

The U.S. Supreme Court recently indicated that it will consider the federal government’s petition for a writ of certiorari in United States v. Microsoft Corp. at its conference scheduled for October 6, 2017. United States v....more

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Series, Part #3: GDPR Consent and Fair Processing

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679 of 27 April 2016 which comes into force in May 2018, will introduce major changes to the law on the processing of personal data in the European Union. Over the next...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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The Times’ tech guru—Farhad Manjoo—gets all indignant regarding the Equifax breach. Namely, if Equifax can’t handle its one job of safeguarding personal info, should it really be allowed to keep going at all now?...more

5 Focus Areas in Preparation for GDPR Compliance

In less than 300 days, the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will go into effect and forever change the privacy landscape. Leading industry organization, Gartner, Inc., predicts that more than 50 percent of...more

Hogan Lovells supports Vodafone Group in its 2017 Law Enforcement Disclosure Statement

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Earlier this year Vodafone Group (“Vodafone“) published an update to its Law Enforcement Disclosure Statement (“Statement“), including an annexe summarizing law enforcement and encryption laws in 28 countries. The Statement...more

Germany Publishes English Version of its National GDPR Implementation Act

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The German Ministry of Interior affairs has published an English translation of the new Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz – BDSG). On 27 April 2017 the German Parliament passed the BDSG in order to make use...more

UK government publishes Statement of Intent on new Data Protection Bill

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On 7 August 2017, the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) published a Statement of Intent outlining proposals for a new UK Data Protection Bill (the Bill). This is the UK's preparation for the General...more

China’s Cyberspace Administration announces first state level investigations under Cybersecurity Law

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China’s Cyberspace Administration announced that it has commenced investigations into Tencent Wechat, Sina Weibo and Baidu Tieba for violation of China’s Cybersecurity Law late last week (11 August 2017). More particularly,...more

Supreme Court to Review Digital Privacy (Part 2)

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

In our previous installment, we looked at the issues related to Carpenter. That discussion can be found here. Another case involving the Stored Communications Act may also come before the U.S Supreme Court in the...more

Russia Passes Measures to Restrict the Use of VPNs and Similar Technology

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has recently signed into law certain amendments to Federal Law No.149-FZ on Information, Information Technologies and Protection of Information (the “IT Law”). The measures introduced by Law...more

Four New Risks Under China’s New Cybersecurity Law for Companies With Cross-Border IT Networks

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Companies operating in China that keep data offshore face great uncertainty under China’s new cybersecurity law, which came into effect June 1. The law imposes cybersecurity and data privacy requirements on two...more

Apple Removes VPN Apps from China App Store

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Apple’s removal of VPN apps from its app store in China could signal a difficult road ahead for companies doing business there. In March 2017, we posted a summary of China’s new cyber security law (Law) that went into effect...more

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield – Its Origins and the High Bar It Must Meet

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To predict the Privacy Shield’s future, it’s helpful to recall its origins and to understand the high bar it must meet – namely, ensuring “an adequate level of protection” under the Data Protection Directive. ...more

UK Announces Plans For New Cybersecurity Innovation Center

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On July 24, 2017, the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (“DCMS”) announced plans to develop a new center for cybersecurity innovation in London. The UK plans to invest up to £14.5 million in the center over...more

The GDPR and The Bottom Line

How The EU Data Privacy Regulation Will Affect American Companies’ Data Collection and Processing Practices – and Their Revenue - For American companies who do business in Europe or who process the personal data of EU...more

EU-Japan’s Major Trade Pact Includes Agreement to Review Restrictions on Personal Data Flows Between The European Union and Japan

Japan and the European Union announced an agreement in principle on major components of a substantial free trade deal on the eve of the recent G20 summit in Hamburg. This free trade deal rivals NAFTA in scope and impact, as...more

Another Rematch Between Tech Companies and the Government over the Territorial Reach of the Stored Communications Act

Lawyers for the tech community are gearing up for argument next month in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, seeking to overturn another magistrate’s order that requires digital information stored outside of the U.S. to...more

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield – What’s Its Future?

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

It’s been almost one year since the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (Privacy Shield) came into existence. Its upcoming annual review in September by the European Commission (Commission) and the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) – its...more

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