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In response to the July 16, 2020 Schrems II ruling from the European Court of Justice, the US Department of Commerce has issued a formal “Standard Contractual Clauses” White Paper to help organizations assess whether their transfers offer appropriate data protection in accordance with the ECJ’s ruling outlining the robust limits and safeguards in the United States for government access to data. Government data access safeguards post-Schrems II Following the Schrems II ruling, organizations that…

As governments around the world progressively look to re-open their economies, companies are assessing whether and how to re-open their premises. Caution is required as employers are under obligations to safeguard the health and safety of their workforce and most government authorities continue to encourage remote working. Key areas of concern include the different social-distancing measures and/or technology solutions companies are expected to implement for the safe re-opening of their premises and re-integration of employees…

Upcoming amendments to the Japanese Telecommunications Business Act are intended to bring more foreign companies within the scope of the Act. This will lead to more foreign entities in the telecommunications space having to take measures with the competent Japanese authorities, and have certain new specific obligations imposed upon them, such as the obligation to report serious incidents, and keep user communications secret. Application of the Telecommunications Business Act to foreign corporations On February 28,…

NHSX, the technology and digital unit of the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), recently published its draft Digital Health Technology Standard. The Standard aims to accelerate how digital health technologies (DHTs) are reviewed, commissioned and scaled for use across the wider health and care system, and provides guidance to support digital health technology developers. The Standard is in draft form at the moment, and NHSX are seeking feedback via a short survey until 22 April (although…

Whether your company is new to the digital health space, or enhancing its existing digital health offering in response to COVID-19, here are our top 5 legal issues to bear in mind as you embark on your journey. COVID-19 is accelerating the adoption of digital health solutions by hospitals and medical institutions around the world. Companies are innovating at lightning speed to adapt to new needs: patients are being treated remotely through mobile doctor apps,…

With the advent of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, many organizations around the world are undergoing a seismic shift on an accelerated timeline towards telework or remote working for some or all employees. In addition to ensuring that the networks, VPNs, and other IT resources are capable of supporting such a shift, organizations that have not built such teleworking into their disaster preparedness plans should be aware of, and take steps to mitigate, the cybersecurity and…

With the aim of building Singapore into a smart financial centre where innovation is pervasive and technology is used widely, MAS issued a consultation paper on 6 June 2016 proposing guidelines for a regulatory sandbox. The consultation was directed at financial institutions (FIs) as well as financial technology (“FinTech”) players looking to experiment with innovative financial products, services or processes that are or are likely to be regulated by MAS. Within the confines of this…

This is a live event in Silicon Valley, California. Please feel free to forward this invitation to colleagues in the region. About the Event This engaging full-day CLE briefing will feature succinct, practical, and timely overviews of the most important global legal developments relevant to Silicon Valley technology companies and their in-house counsel. Space is limited. Please join us! Agenda topics include: Brexit: What Does it Mean for Technology Companies? European Privacy Strategies in Light of Privacy Shield and GDPR…

As of 13 October 2015, Australian telecommunications companies and internet service providers (ISPs) must retain customers’ metadata for two years. Under the new (controversial) laws, which were passed as amendments to the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979, a limited number of enforcement and security agencies can access the stored information if they have an operational or legislative need. The Australian Government argues that the scheme is necessary to enable law enforcement and security agencies…