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Tech, Data, Telecoms & Media

17 May 2019
Samuel Yang SCC continues to assess unlawful collection of personal information by apps

China - AnJie Law Firm

The Shanghai Consumer Council recently released the results of its assessment of 39 apps, which aimed to evaluate the level of access that they had to users' personal information. The assessment revealed that 25 apps had been over collecting users' personal information and that only 14 apps had actual service-related reasons justifying their collection of sensitive personal information.

Authors: Samuel Yang, Yang Chen
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Sergey Medvedev New law introduced to regulate digital rights

Russia - Gorodissky & Partners

The president recently signed the Digital Rights Law, which will take effect on 1 October 2019. The law has introduced a number of new legal concepts into Russian legislation, including digital rights, e-transactions, smart contracts and Big Data. Companies doing business on the digital level in Russia should familiarise themselves with the background and key provisions of the law to ensure that they are ready to operate in the new legislative environment.

Authors: Sergey Medvedev, Ilya Goryachev
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Elizabeth Greene AI and online harms: what does government's white paper mean for industry?

United Kingdom - Bird & Bird LLP

The government recently released the much-anticipated Online Harms White Paper. Jointly authored by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and the Home Office, the paper sets out the government's proposals to address harms ranging from terrorism and child sexual exploitation to disinformation and harassment. It proposes fundamental changes to internet regulation in the United Kingdom and suggests that, among other technologies, AI may be both a source of the challenges and a means to resolve them.

Author: Elizabeth Greene
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Trey Hanbury One IoTa of consensus: bipartisan legislation to improve cybersecurity for internet-connected devices

USA - Hogan Lovells

Congress recently introduced a bipartisan proposal to enhance cybersecurity for the network of internet-connected devices, commonly known as the Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act 2019 aims to establish baseline cybersecurity standards for IoT devices. It would also impose limits on the types of IoT device that the US government can purchase.

Authors: Trey Hanbury, Sarah K Leggin
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Recent updates

Timothy P Tobin FTC seeks comment on proposed changes to GLBA implementing rules

USA - Hogan Lovells

Authors: Timothy P Tobin, Paul Otto, Roshni Patel
Samuel Yang New proposal to fine parties which install surveillance in private locations

China - AnJie Law Firm

Authors: Samuel Yang, Yang Chen
Jürg Schneider Protection of minors in respect of films and video games: consultation process commenced

Switzerland - Walder Wyss

Authors: Jürg Schneider, Annemarie Lagger
Luca Daffra Right to access data also applies to evaluation documents

Italy - Ichino Brugnatelli e Associati Studio Legale

Author: Luca Daffra

Upcoming events

IBA – 25th Annual Global Insolvency and Restructuring Conference

19-21 May 2019 – Sao Paulo, Brazil

This conference will feature a series of programmes on topical business insolvency issues, as analysed and discussed by leading attorneys, academics and judges, with a special emphasis on recent developments in Latin America. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in small discussion groups focused on particular industries that are currently experiencing financial distress.

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IBA – 5th Global Entrepreneurship Conference

20-21 May 2019 – Copenhagen, Denmark

The 5th IBA Global Entrepreneurship Conference will explore how digitalisation has already disrupted and will further affect various business sectors and examine what role the human factor will have in the post-digitalised business world and society. The conference will focus on the Nordic model and how comprehensive welfare states and progressive societies go hand in hand with free markets and trade to provide a high standard of living.

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IBA – 7th Annual World Life Sciences Conference

31 May - 1 June 2019 – Philadelphia, USA

This year's event will feature dynamic roundtable sessions, as well as concurrent sessions covering the hottest topics and the latest developments from across the different sectors of the life sciences industry.

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