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Currency Conversion Concerns: New York Issues Guidance on Virtual Currencies

On December 5, 2014, the New York Department of Taxation and Finance (Department) released TSB-M-14(5)C, (7)I, (17)S. This (relatively short) bulletin sets forth the treatment of convertible virtual currency for sales,...more

North Korea’s Attack Raises Critical Coverage Issues and TRIA Implications

Potential Critical Coverage Issues - The FBI advised that the recent attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) “destroyed systems” and “rendered thousands of SPE’s computers inoperable, forced SPE to take its entire...more

ISO Adopts Standard for Privacy in the Cloud

The use of public cloud computing services- broadly defined as contracting with another company for the provision of computing resources (networks, storage, applications, and services), offers many potential benefits for...more

Seventh Circuit Limits Antitrust Actions for Harm Caused to Foreign Affiliates of U.S. Companies

The Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act (FTAIA), 15 U.S.C. § 6a, was enacted to provide greater clarity on the Sherman Antitrust Act’s reach. However, the FTAIA continues to muddy the waters. In a recent decision from...more

U.S. Department of Commerce Announces Final Tariffs on Chinese and Taiwanese Solar Products

On December 17, 2014, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) announced its final determinations in the antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations of crystalline silicon photovoltaic products (“solar...more

Orrick's Derivatives in Review - December 2014

The Bitcoin Marketplace and Regulatory Environment: An Overview - Startup companies and financial products focused on bitcoin continue to burgeon, resulting in various regulators recently proposing regulations, making...more

Article 29 Working Party Adopts Procedure on Approval of Model Clauses

On 26 November 2014, the Article 29 Working Party adopted a working document on establishing a cooperation procedure for issuing common opinions on whether contractual clauses are compliant with the European Commission’s...more

FBI Issues Alert Following Unprecedented Malware Attack against U.S. Company

Last week, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warned U.S. businesses to be alert for a malicious software bug capable of erasing hard drives and crashing networks. Although not specifically mentioned, cybersecurity...more

Five Tips to Help Companies Protect Themselves from Data Breaches

With every swipe of a credit card this holiday season, consumers put their faith in the companies that process and store their information. Yet, it is no secret that data breaches are on the rise, hitting companies large and...more

New European Data Protection Guidelines Published

On November 25, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) issued new data protection guidelines (Guidelines) to European Union policymakers and legislators in the area of financial services regulation. The EDPS’s stated...more

DG COMP’s 5th monitoring report: time for guidance please!

DG Competition of the European Commission just published its 5th patent monitoring report. It covers patent settlements entered into in 2013. Each year, the Commission claims that the report shows a “steady increase” of...more

Data Privacy: A Bill in Congress Every Manufacturer Should Be Aware of

One of the issues that manufacturers/distributors are paying more attention to is their document retention policies. Things get complicated, however, when a corporation has operations outside of the United States. It is not...more

Phones for who? Focus on technology companies

PHONES 4U COLLAPSE: PART 1 Phones 4U Limited, the leading independent mobile phone retailer with an annual turnover of £1bn, went into administration on 15 September, closing all its 720 outlets and placing 5,596 jobs...more

US and EU Regulatory Agencies Approve $43B Medtronic & Covidien Merger US and EU Regulatory Agencies Approve $43B Medtronic &...

Med Device Online reports that Medtronic has been cleared by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and EU’s European Commission to merge with Covidien. Also according to Med Device Online, the companies had to agree that...more

UK: World Anti-Doping Agency announce global collaboration agreement with Pfizer

On 3 December 2014, the World Anti-Doping Agency (“WADA”) announced a global collaboration agreement with American pharmaceutical corporation Pfizer Inc....more

More GMO Woes: Another Corn Exporter Sues Syngenta for its Failure to Isolate its GMO Corn

Last month, Archer Daniels Midland Co. (“ADM”) joined a slew of corn exporters and other stakeholders who have sued Syngenta based on allegations that China rejected these exporters’ products because Syngenta’s genetically...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - December 2014 #1

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - DoD, GSA, and NASA Issue Proposed Rule to Amend FAR, Information on Corporate Contractor Performance and Integrity - The Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA),...more

Expanded WTO Information Technology Agreement Is Set To Offer Significant Economic Benefits To Industry And Users Of Technology...

There has recently been a breakthrough in the negotiations for an expanded Information Technology Agreement (ITA) at the World Trade Organization (WTO). On November 10, the United States and China reached a mutual...more

Military Electronics Export Reform: Let the Chips Fall Where They May

Every time there is a new round of reforms under the President’s Export Control Reform initiative, we hear the same advice: - Controls on certain items are eliminated or reduced (which creates new opportunities for...more

Growing Use of Vehicle Monitoring Devices Fuels Increase in Privacy Concerns

In recent years, companies in the United States and abroad have increasingly turned to vehicle tracking devices and remote shut off devices to offer lower priced insurance products and auto loans to higher risk borrowers. On...more

FinCrimes Update - November 2014 Summary, Volume 1, Issue 9

IN THIS ISSUE: BSA/AML & OFAC | Virtual Currency & Payment Systems | FCPA & Anti-Corruption | Criminal Enforcement. ...more

Energy and information technology: An upcoming wedding where data is at the heart of power

Nowadays, the European energy world is facing a revolution. European utilities have underperformed the broader European equity market by 80 per cent since the start of 2009. They are all trying to transform themselves from...more

Is There an End in Sight for EU Data Protection Reform?

On 5 November 2014, Peter Hustinx, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), together with Germany’s Federal Data Protection Commissioner, Andrea Voßhoff, held a panel discussion in respect of the state of play and...more

What happens in the cloud stays in the cloud: BIS reinforces export control insulation for cloud-based computing and processing

The US Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) recently released a redacted Advisory Opinion dated November 13, 2014 that confirms for cloud-based software vendors (or Software as a Service providers)...more

Cyber Monday – December 1, 2014

Welcome to December – we hope you had a restful and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday. Here are a few privacy bits and bytes to start your week. 1. ICYMI – 60 Minutes Explains Credit Card Hacking...more

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