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The ongoing global outbreak of COVID-19 has thrown fake news into the spotlight, with governments worldwide racing against time to contain not only the spread of the pathogen, but also the flurry of fake news, with fears that online misinformation, if left unchecked, could be more infectious than the disease itself. Different jurisdictions have dealt with the issue in different ways, with some taking a hard-line stance via legislation, and others preferring a softer approach…

Brian Hengesbaugh is joined by Marcela Robledo, partner in Baker McKenzie’s San Francisco office, to discuss trends in technology transactions. Tune in to hear about: Diligence companies should perform on vendors prior to completing a transactionContractual provisions that can be implemented to mitigate riskTips on negotiating with vendors who aren’t keen to compromise https://open.spotify.com/episode/5OoJ50p39vqOre4DlLsM3J

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented global crisis, including notable disruptions of international trade and supply chains, which have presented new challenges and risks to companies doing business internationally. The pandemic also exposed vulnerabilities in supply chain infrastructure, such as a lack of diversity in suppliers, weaknesses in offshore sources of supply and insufficient contractual remedies to deal interruptions in the supply of key products and services, among others. What should companies be doing…

Delay of MDR Implementation and its Implications for Brexit The recent postponement of the Medical Device Regulation 2017/745 (“MDR”) means its full application will now fall beyond the end of the Brexit transition period. This could have a huge impact on the UK’s legal framework for medical device regulation after Brexit. Background The MDR repeals the existing Medical Device Directive 94/32/EEC (“MDD”). The MDR came into force on 25 May 2017, and originally, approved medical…

Launched on June 2, the French mobile tracing app for COVID-19, “StopCovid,” has been voluntarily downloaded by 1.9 million users within three weeks. On June 3, the French Data Protection Authority (the CNIL) published its second opinion on StopCovid, relating to the implementation of the app and the related Executive Decree No. 2020-650 and to the Government’s data protection impact assessment. Following its first opinion of April 24, on the principle of the use of a…

On May 1, 2020, the Province of Alberta launched ABTraceTogether, an Android and iOS compatible contact tracing app users voluntarily download for tracing and notifying users who may have been exposed to COVID-19. ABTraceTogether is used by Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services (AHS) to supplement manual contact tracing completed by public health officials. ABTraceTogether was announced just prior to the issuance in May 2020 of joint guidance by the federal and provincial privacy commissioners…

Are you developing a digital health solution with cross-border reach? Whether your company is new to the digital health space, or enhancing its existing digital health offering in response to COVID‑19, we’ve got you covered on the top legal issues. Take a look at our survey covering key markets like the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Russia and Spain. COVID‑19 is accelerating the adoption of digital health solutions by hospitals and medical institutions around the world.…

Society is slowly entering the recovery and renewal phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. Countries have begun to relax their anti-COVID-19 measures and infection rates worldwide have started to see some improvement. As we attempt to recover, it is necessary to take stock of how the virus has affected economies, which will be essential in helping usher the world into a new normal. In this episode of TMT Talk, Raffaele Giarda, Koen Vanhaerents, and Nina Niejahr delve into the issues…

On May 27, 2020, the European Commission put forward its proposal for a European Recovery Plan (ERP) with a new EUR 750 billion funding via its financial recovery instrument, called the “Next Generation EU” which would be funded by borrowing on the financial markets. If approved by the Member States, Next Generation EU will invest EUR 500 billion through grants and EUR 250 billion through loans. This is additional to a ‘boosted and reinforced’ EUR 1.1…

Regulators have extensive resources at their disposal to enforce compliance with their laws and guidance – and an increasing number of companies conduct activities which are regulated, from data processing to selling to consumers. This article sets out our top tips for developing a constructive and effective global strategy for engaging with regulators. Click here to read on.