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To No One’s Surprise, Worldwide Spending on Cybersecurity is Up: Cybersecurity Trends

by CloudNine on

Can you guess what the global spend on cybersecurity will be this year? Gartner recently provided a forecast, see how close you can come to guessing the amount...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

Social Links: Social media influencers earn big bucks for endorsements, while the FTC settles a suit against influencers; European...

In 2016, brands spent $570 million on social influencer endorsements on Instagram alone. This recode article takes a looks at how much influencers with certain followings can command, and whether they’re worth the investment....more

European Central Bank Releases Guide on Assessment of Fintech Bank License Applications

by Morgan Lewis on

Earlier this month, the European Central Bank (ECB) released a draft guide to provide a consistent approach on how to assess fintech credit institution license applications. The guide defines fintech banks as having “a...more

Looking the Other Way: European Court of Human Rights Grand Chamber Determines Employer Monitoring of Electronic Communications...

In a case highlighting the European Continent’s approach to worker privacy, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights ruled that employers may violate employees’ rights when monitoring their electronic...more

Doctrine of Equivalents and Prosecution History Estoppel Around the World

Please see full Doctrine of Equivalents Chart for Countries around the World. ...more

Pfizer and Flynn Pharma fined €101 million for charging the UK health service excessive prices for Phenytoin sodium capsules, an...

by Dechert LLP on

The UK Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) recently published its infringement decision of 7 December 2016 that imposed a fine on Pfizer and Flynn Pharma (“Flynn”) for abusing their respective dominant positions by...more

GDPR Update Data breaches and notifications (Dutch)

by Dentons on

Under the GDPR, data security plays a prominent role and the GDPR imposes strict obligations on data controllers and data processors regarding security. While the Dutch Data Protection Act (DDPA) already includes a data...more

GDPR Update: Data Breaches and Notifications

by Dentons on

Under the GDPR, data security plays a prominent role and the GDPR imposes strict obligations on data controllers and data processors regarding security. While the Dutch Data Protection Act (DDPA) already includes a data...more

Updated Draft of ePrivacy Regulation: Still Hampering Innovation

by Reed Smith on

On 8 September 2017, the European Council published its first revisions (“Revised Draft”) to the draft EU ePrivacy Regulation (version COM(2017) 10 of 10 January 2017, “ePrivacy Regulation”). The Revised Draft is based on the...more

Day 15 of One Month of Innovation in Compliance-Structural Innovation

by Thomas Fox on

Innovation can come in various forms for an organization. Innovation can appear in a structural form. You can move compliance more deeply into your organization with new or different structures. One I have seen have success...more

Netherlands Adopts US FDA-based UDI System for Medical Devices

by Knobbe Martens on

A voluntary agreement (link in Dutch) was consummated by the Dutch Ministry of Health, industry, and hospitals. According to an Emergo blog post, under the terms of the agreement, the Netherlands will adopt the US Food and...more

A Seismic Shift in UK Patent Infringement Law - Actavis v. Eli Lilly

In a decision that appears to have introduced a doctrine of equivalents for the first time, the UK Supreme Court has shifted the laws on patent infringement in Actavis v. Eli Lilly UK [2017] UKSC 48. While this case...more

Everything Compliance-Episode 18, the Post Harvey Edition, Part II

by Thomas Fox on

The top compliance roundtable podcast is back with a wealth of new topics. 1. Matt Kelly considers the current state of the SEC and what he sees for changes by SEC Chairman Jay Clayton. 2. Mike Volkov opens with the...more

Day 14 of Innovation in Compliance-Putting Compliance at the Center of Business Strategy

by Thomas Fox on

Another innovation is to put your compliance program at the center of corporate strategy. An article in the Harvard Business Review (HBR) by Frank Cespedes, entitled “Putting Sales at the Center of Strategy”, discussed how to...more

European Court Rules On Employee Monitoring Programs And Privacy

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) issued its decision in the case of Barbulescu v. Romania (application no. 61496/08) on September 5, an appeal from a determination by the Romanian courts...more

Beijing-Based Cryptocurrency Trading Exchanges Told to Announce Trading Halt

by Perkins Coie on

Under the impact of the Chinese government’s recent formal notices of halting ICOs, Notice 99 and Joint Notice released on September 2, 2017 and September 4, 2017 respectively, Beijing authorities have taken further actions...more

European Court Provides Further Clarity on Employee Monitoring

by BakerHostetler on

The September 5, 2017, decision of the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Barbulescu v Romania (Barbulescu) has interrupted a recent trend toward limiting privacy in the European workplace. The...more

Europe Launches a New Cybersecurity Agency with Regulatory Authority

by K&L Gates LLP on

On 13 September 2017 the European Commission (“Commission” or “EC”) published a set of initiatives strengthening the EU cybersecurity strategy, mainly including: - A proposal for a “Cybersecurity Act”, consisting of a new...more

Alert: M&A Lessons Learned from the Blocked Chinese Acquisition of Lattice Semiconductor

by Cooley LLP on

Last week, President Trump issued an Executive Order prohibiting the acquisition of Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (Lattice), a US computer chip manufacturer, by a Chinese investor. The president's order blocking the...more

Day 10 Of Innovation in Compliance-Improvisation in Compliance

by Thomas Fox on

How can you change the perceptions around compliance in your organization? With the Justice Department requirement, set out in the Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs, to more fully operationalize your compliance...more

An English-Language Primer on Germany’s GDPR Implementation Statute: Part 1 of 5

by Alston & Bird on

Over the past year, the German government has been working on legislation to implement the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). On July 6, 2017, Germany did so by passing a statute titled the Data Protection...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 54, Report from TEC 2017

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, Matt Kelly returns to his journalism roots with a live report from TEC 2017, the Workiva user conference. We discuss some of the hot topics at the conference including possible repeal or modification of SOX...more

New Rules Promoting Free Cross Border Flow of Non-personal Data in the European Union

by K&L Gates LLP on

On September 13 the European Commission (“Commission” or “EC”) issued a proposal for a new Regulation on a framework for the free flow of non-personal data in the EU. ...more

China Halts ICOs and Token Sales and China-Based Trading Platforms Suspend Trading Amid Reports of Additional Government...

by Perkins Coie on

The government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has formally announced a suspension to all ICOs and token offerings and financing activities by releasing two notices, namely, the Notice of Seven Ministries Including...more

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