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A look back on a decision imposing a fine on Facebook for having provided the European Commission with inaccurate information on its acquisition of WhatsApp - On May 18, 2017, the European Commission imposed a €110 million...more

Regulation Round Up - May 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

2 May - The FCA published its Policy Statement on the FCA's disclosure rules following application of PRIIPs Regulation (PS17/6). The Policy Statement sets out how the FCA's disclosure requirements will change to reflect...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – June 2017

by McGuireWoods LLP on

EU Regulators Open Pharma Pricing Investigations Focusing on Abuse of Dominance - The European Commission and UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) have both opened new investigations into alleged abuses of...more

€110 million fine for Facebook by the European Commission for providing misleading information during WhatsApp merger review

by Dechert LLP on

The European Commission (“Commission”) announced on May 18, 2017, that it was fining Facebook €110 million for providing misleading or incorrect information during the review of the social network’s acquisition of WhatsApp in...more

Facebook Fined for WhatsApp Data Linking Fallout

by Alston & Bird on

On 18 May 2017, the European Commission (“Commission”) fined Facebook €110 million ($122 million) for misrepresentations made in its application for competition clearance of the company’s acquisition of WhatsApp. In its...more

Facebook Sentenced to a €110 Million Fine at the Intersection of Competition Law and Data Protection Law

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On May 18, 2017, the EU Commission sentenced Facebook to a “proportionate and deterrent” fine of €110 million for providing misleading information during the investigation of Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp. This decision...more

Facebook Is Fined US$122 Million by European Commission for Misleading Information in WhatsApp Merger Review

by Reed Smith on

Facebook is faced with a fine of EUR110 million (US$122 million) for providing misrepresentative or incorrect information to the European Commission when it filed the acquisition of WhatsApp for merger approval in...more

Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update Volume 8, Issue 2

Welcome to the newest edition of Socially Aware, our Burton Awardwinning guide to the law and business of social media. In this edition, we explore the threat to U.S. jobs posed by rapid advances in emerging technologies;...more

UK Regulator Fines Former Investment Banker for Communicating Confidential Information Via WhatsApp

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Financial Conduct Authority fined former investment banker Christopher Niehaus £37,198 for sharing client confidential information over WhatsApp. Mr. Niehaus was previously a managing director in the Investment Banking...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Foreclosure stats are a far cry from their heights in the aftermath of the 2008 economic crisis. But the big news in the industry is the rise of party players that were barely a blip on the scene (if around at all) 10 years...more

WhatsApp security flaw, lawsuit in Germany

Tobias Boelter, a University of California Berkeley cryptography researcher claims that last year he found a security flaw in WhatsApp’s encrypted smart phone messaging application. The flaw, which relates to the unique...more

EU Merger Control Procedural & Jurisdictional Aspects: Reply To The European Commission Consultation

by Hogan Lovells on

We welcome the opportunity to provide comments to the European Commission in its evaluation of procedural and jurisdictional aspects of EU merger control. A NEW JURISDICTIONAL THRESHOLD - We respond here to section...more

EU e-Privacy Regulation Raises Stakes for Compliance

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The European Commission's proposed e-privacy regulation sets forth obligations on handling electronic communications and clarifies obligations for seeking consent for the use of cookies. Meant to bring the e-privacy directive...more

WhatsApp-Facebook Data Sharing Attracts Scrutiny from EU Privacy Authorities

by Goodwin on

European Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) recently launched investigations into WhatsApp’s sharing of user data with Facebook. (Facebook owns WhatsApp.) DPAs ordered WhatsApp to stop sharing the data pending the...more

EU Privacy Regulators Issue Letters To Yahoo And WhatsApp

by King & Spalding on

In late October 2016, European Union (“EU”) data protection authorities issued letters to Yahoo and WhatsApp related to alleged privacy incidents involving those companies. The letters were issued by a collective of EU data...more

Misleading Terms & Conditions and Unfair Contract Terms: The Italian Competition Authority Opens Two Investigations against...

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On 28 October 2016, the Italian Competition Authority (the “Authority”) opened two investigations against WhatsApp Inc. for alleged unfair commercial practices. The first investigation by the Authority alleges that WhatsApp...more

Does Brexit mean Brexit for data protection in the UK?

by Reed Smith on

Three months on from the landmark Brexit vote 23 June, the Information Commissioner’s Office is setting out its position regarding data protection laws in a post-Brexit UK. Elizabeth Denham, the new Information Commissioner,...more

Manatt Digital - September 2016

Digital Health Continues to Grow - Investment into the digital health market topped $4.5 billion in 2015, and we are seeing an acceleration of investment in 2016. According to StartUp Health, investment into the digital...more

Health Update - September 2016

The Election’s Impact on Healthcare: Preparing for Potential Scenarios - Editor’s Note: Election 2016 will have a major impact on federal and state healthcare policy. To be prepared for all the possibilities, it’s...more

Privacy Watchdogs File Complaint With FTC over WhatsApp’s Privacy Policy Change

by Reed Smith on

Yesterday, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (“EPIC”) and the Center for Digital Democracy (“CDD”) filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission against WhatsApp, Inc. According to the complaint, WhatsApp posted...more

New Players – Old Rules? The Current Debate on the Regulation of OTT Services in the EU and Germany

by White & Case LLP on

OTT vs. ECS - Digitization transformed the way of numerous services in the telecom sector. Internet-based Over The Top ("OTT") services, such as messaging or audio services, video streaming, and social networking sites,...more

German Court orders WhatsApp to provide consumers in Germany with T&Cs in German language

by Reed Smith on

In a press release dated 17 May 2016, the Federation of German Consumer Organizations (Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband – vzbv) announced that on 8 April 2016, the Court of Appeal Berlin (Kammergericht Berlin; “Court”)...more

WhatsApp adds end-to-end encryption

More than a billion people on the planet use online messaging service WhatsApp to send and receive messages, photo and videos and to make phone calls over the Internet. Most of WhatsApp’s users are outside the United States....more

PRIVACY POLICIES AND THE SALE OF CORPORATE ASSETS: It pays to plan ahead to preserve the value of your data assets

by Orrick - Trust Anchor on

Personal data is a valuable corporate asset. At times, the personal information collected from customers (such as email address, mailing address, phone number, etc.) can be a company’s most valuable asset. Unfortunately,...more

7 Mistakes Every Startup Should Avoid To Protect IP

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Startups are justifiably focused on developing the next big idea, getting that idea to market and ensuring the company has enough financial runway to make it all happen. Missteps in protecting the startup’s intellectual...more

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