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EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - Overview of Key Points

A new data protection framework (the GDPR) has been adopted, significantly changing current EU laws. It will take the form of a Regulation and so will be directly applicable in all EU Member States from 25 May 2018. Once in...more

Higher Mitigation of Fines Due to Prompt Implementation of Measures Addressing Authority’s Concerns in Unfair Commercial Practices...

In a decision published on 10 February 2017, imposing Samsung Electronics Italia S.p.A. (“Samsung”) fines totaling € 3.1 million for alleged aggressive unfair commercial practices, the Italian Competition Authority (the...more

Has Trump dumped privacy protections for EU citizens?

As President Trump settles into office, his administration has issued a flurry of executive orders aimed at reshaping the U.S. government. One order in particular may have a broader impact on global business than originally...more

Food contact goods and the FSVP: Deciphering the FDA’s stance

The last 18 months have seen a flurry of regulatory activity as the FDA has finalized and begun enforcing a number of new regulations based on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Among these regulatory schemes is the...more

FTC Requires that iSpring’s “Built in USA” Claims Hold Water

On February 1, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and iSpring Water Systems, LLC (“iSpring”) reached a settlement regarding its false, misleading, and unsupported claims that its water filtration systems and parts are...more

Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update Volume 8, Issue 1

The Decline and Fall of the Section 230 Safe Harbor? - 2016 was a tough year for a lot of reasons, most of which are outside the scope of this blog (though if you’d like to hear our thoughts about Bowie, Prince or...more

Watch Out for Vegan Cheese: Labeling and Promotion of Vegan “Dairy Products” in the European Union

The Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) will soon decide on the issue of whether plant-based products may be labeled and promoted with product names intended for dairy products such as “Veggie-Cheese,” “Tofubutter”...more

EC Launches Targeted Competition Enforcement in E-Commerce Sector

If we needed any reminder that the competitiveness of e-commerce was high on the European Commission’s enforcement agenda, we now have unequivocal proof of this. The Commission today launched three separate investigations...more

The Swiss Privacy Shield Opens for Business on April 12

Beginning on April 12, 2017, U.S. organizations that are subject to the investigatory and enforcement powers of the FTC or the Department of Transportation will be able to self-certify to the newly adopted Swiss–U.S. Privacy...more

EU/U.S. Covered Agreement: What’s Next?

On January 13, 2017, representatives of the European Union and the United States of America issued a joint statement announcing that they had successfully concluded negotiation of an agreement (the “Agreement” or “Covered...more

UK Regulation Round Up - January 2017

Welcome to the UK Regulation Round Up, a regular bulletin highlighting the latest developments in UK regulation for alternative asset managers. The start of 2017 saw a number of regulatory developments including...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

The CFPB has ordered UniRush (purveyor of the RushCard prepaid debit card) and its payment processor, MasterCard, to fork over $13 million in fines after a breakdown last year that blocked thousands of customers from...more

Will Trump’s Executive Order Impact Agreements Between the U.S. and EU on Cross-Border Data Transfers?

U.S. President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order on January 25, 2017, “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States” that requires agencies “to the extent consistent with applicable law ... exclude...more

Data Privacy Day? Yep, it’s a Thing.

For a number of years now, January 28 has been marked as “Data Privacy Day” (or, for our European friends, “Data Protection Day”), and it is often overlooked observed in the United States, Canada, India and many European...more

China Looks to Tighten the Regulation of Cloud Services

What You Need to Know: China has issued a new draft law tightening the regulation of cloud services. The draft: ..covers onshore hosted SaaS and PaaS (but possibly not IaaS) ..imposes new restrictions on...more

The European Watchdogs Issue First Guidelines On GDPR

The new (EU) 2016/679 General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will enter into force on 25 May 2018. Its scope is broader than that of the current 95/46/CE Directive, which means that more companies headquartered outside of...more

Bill S-5: Canada Prepares to Introduce Plain and Standardized Packaging for Tobacco Products

by: Jennifer Ponton In 2012, Australia became the first country to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes. Several countries have since followed suit, and many more, including Canada, have made commitments to introduce...more

China's 2016 Cybersecurity Law Will Change the Way Multinational Companies Do Business in China

China adopted its controversial Cybersecurity Law on November 7, 2016. The law, which will take effect on June 1, 2017, has broad implications for how multinational companies operate in China. The law addresses a number of...more

Algorithms and bias: What lenders need to know

The algorithms that power fintech may discriminate in ways that can be difficult to anticipate—and financial institutions can be held accountable even when alleged discrimination is clearly unintentional....more

Changes to Polish Antimonopoly Law in a Nutshell

The Polish Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (Urzad Ochrony Konkurencji i Konsumentów, “UOKiK”) has recently published its 2015 annual report presenting its first experiences with the recent amendments to Polish...more

Swiss join the EU in reaching data transfer accord with the U.S.

Last year the U.S. Department of Commerce and the European Commission agreed on a data transfer protocol that provides a mechanism for compliance with data protection requirements when transferring personal data from the EU...more

A Privacy Shield Replaces a Safe Harbor for the Swiss, Too

US companies with employees or clients in Switzerland will be interested to hear that the new Swiss-US Privacy Shield was approved on 11 January. Although Switzerland is not a member of the European Union, its data...more

Unfair Commercial Practices – The Italian Competition Authority and The Italian Communication Authority Sign a Memorandum of...

On 13 January 2017, the Italian Competition Authority (AGCM) and the Italian Communication Authority (AGCOM) signed a memorandum of understanding concerning several aspects of their cooperation in the application of...more

FTC Charges Taipei Based D-Link for Inadequate Security of Computer Routers and Cameras

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has filed a complaint in Northern California against D-Link for putting thousands of consumers at risk over the past decade for failing to have adequate security practices in its routers and...more

EU Proposed ePrivacy Rules to Extend to all Electronic Communications Providers

On January 10, the European Commission proposed new legislation that would update and supplement current ePrivacy rules and extend their scope to all providers of electronic communication services. The following is a...more

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