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With the COVID-19 pandemic quickly spreading across the globe and forcing entire countries to shut down all but essential services, businesses in all sectors urgently need to make business-critical decisions to protect their workforce, implement measures to address business continuity and prepare for an economic downturn. In doing so, they face legal and regulatory issues spanning various areas of law. With this publication, we aim to assist companies in the TMT sector in managing this…

Data privacy and data sharing have always been contentious issues, but more so in these times when companies and private citizens are compelled to provide personal information and consumer data to aid in the fight against COVID-19. In TMT Talk’s third episode, Raffaele Giarda, Magalie Dansac Le Clerc and Brian Hengesbaugh tackle the intricacies surrounding the data collection activities of governments around the world. Join us as we continue to provide insights into how the Technology, Media & Telecommunications sector…

Anne Petterd and Mattias Hedwall join Raffaele Giarda in a timely discussion on COVID-19’s impact on the TMT sector and supply chain. The episode begins with insights on how the TMT sector’s supply chain has been affected and how companies in the tech industry have chosen to respond in the last few months, and ends with providing listeners a view of possible long-term solutions to disruptions in the supply chain. With “Coronavirus: Impact on the TMT Sector and Supply Chain,” TMT Talk…

“AI in the Time of Coronavirus” tackles how companies and governments are using technology to help fight the COVID-19 outbreak and alleviate its effects. The episode also contains discussion on the interconnected privacy and cybersecurity issues that come with investment in technological solutions during crises. With big data, predictive analytics, social media, and surveillance technology as just some of the key points, Raffaele Giarda, Jay Ruan, and Paolo Sbuttoni have an insightful conversation on how the modern world faces…

The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has published its draft guidelines on processing personal data in the context of connected vehicles for public consultation. The Guidelines have a wide reach and will apply to more than just vehicle manufacturers. We have summarised the key points and recommendations from the EDPB in the Guidelines below. The public can provide comments to the EDPB until March 20th, 2020. Thereafter, the EDPB will finalize and adopt the Guidelines,…

In this episode, your host Brian Hengesbaugh is joined by Raffaele Giarda, a partner in our Rome office and Chair of Baker McKenzie’s Global Technology, Media & Telecommunications Industry Group, to discuss a hot topic in the mobility space: connected cars. In this episode, you will hear: The differences between connected cars and autonomous vehicles An overview of key legal developments surrounding the technology, including liability and data protection issuesRaffaele’s thoughts on how future regulation…

On 25 March 2019, the Italian Government (“Government”) passed Law Decree No. 22 (“Decree 22/2019”) which includes, among others, provisions on the so-called “special powers” of the Government in relation to broadband electronic communications based on 5G technology. Decree 22/2019 became effective on 26 March 2019 and will need to be converted into law by no later than 24 May 2019. The express intent of Decree 22/2019 is to adjust the Government’s special powers (“Special…

What does 2019 hold for businesses in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications sector and what legal and regulatory trends should be on their radar? A complex question in a world in which the boundaries between areas are blurring to an extent that car manufacturers are becoming tech companies, traditional content producers are launching their own direct-to-consumer streaming services, and telecommunications providers are moving into adjacent industries to make up for declines in traditional revenues. Everywhere,…

Two recent decisions issued by an Italian Court of First Instance and, subsequently, by the Court of Appeal intervene in the debate around the qualification of cryptocurrencies as an asset or money that may be validly injected into a limited liability company’ s capital.Both decisions refer to the same question: can a company accept cryptocurrencies as a contribution in kind to the company’ s corporate capital? Both courts answered in the negative, however on different…

The city of Turin is at the forefront of autonomous vehicle testing. On 26 October 2018, first in Italy, an autonomous vehicle drove in the city center wholly driverless using 5G technologies. Italian roads are now open to smart mobility. To this end, earlier this year, the Italian Ministry of Infrastructures and Transport pioneered the road of Intelligent Transport Systems by adopting a decree that paves the way for the digital transformation of Italian infrastructures.…