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Posted in Policy & Regulation, Telecoms & Broadband Eugene LowPJ Kaur

Cold calls in hot water: Hong Kong consultation paper on P2P telemarketing

Businesses may often use peer-to-peer (“P2P“) telemarketing calls involving interpersonal communication to promote goods and services directly to customers. While such calls may be effective in some cases, they appear to be not so welcomed by customers in Hong Kong. A 2015 government consultancy study in Hong Kong reports that an overwhelming 96% of call recipients considered such … Continue Reading

Posted in Cybersecurity, Data Protection & Privacy Mark ParsonsAndrew McGintyJun WeiRoy Zou

China’s revised draft data localisation measures

On 19 May 2017, the Cyberspace Administration of China (the “CAC“) released a revised draft of its Security Assessment for Personal Information and Important Data Transmitted Outside of the People’s Republic of China Measures (the “Second Draft Export Review Measures“).

The draft emerged just over a week after public comments closed on the first draft of … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy, Technology Mark Parsons

Asia Pacific Data Protection and Cyber Security Guide 2017

2016 was an eventful year in the Asia-Pacific region, as data protection and cyber security issues increasingly feature in the news headlines in the Asia-Pacific region as they do elsewhere, our annual publication, the 2017 Asia-Pacific Data Protection and Cyber Security Guide provides you with an update on key regulatory developments and emerging trends in data protection and cyber security.… Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy Harriet Pearson

Changes in Japan Privacy Law to Take Effect in Mid-2017; Key Regulator Provides Compliance Insights

Recent changes to Japan’s Act on the Protection of Personal Information and the establishment of a new Personal Information Protection Commission have raised questions about how the world’s third-largest economy plans to implement new domestic requirements and engage internationally on cross-border data transfers, APEC, new technologies, and more.

Hogan Lovells recently hosted some of Japan’s senior data privacy regulators and … Continue Reading

Posted in Policy & Regulation, Technology Andrew McGintyNolan Shaw

Draft legislation to affect China cloud services market access

On 25 November 2016, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, China’s telecommunications and Internet regulator, issued a draft Circular on Regulating Business Activities in the Cloud Services Market for public comment (“Draft Circular“). The stated aims of the Draft Circular are to improve the cloud services market environment and further regulate business activities in this sector. In … Continue Reading

Posted in Entertainment & Content, Policy & Regulation Sheri JeffreyJun WeiLu ZhouNolan Shaw

Now playing: New film law impacts the Chinese silver screen

On November 7, 2016, the People’s Republic of China’s highest legislative body, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, passed the Film Industry Promotion Law (Film Law). The Film Law takes effect on March 1, 2017.

The Film Law is the first comprehensive “law” in China targeting the film industry specifically and is more than 13 years … Continue Reading

Posted in Technology Deanna WongEugene LowZhen Feng

IP aspects of China’s new controversial Cyber Security Law

China’s Cyber Security Law, which will take effect from 1 June, 2017 was finally adopted on 7 November.  The third draft of the law adopted by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, China’s highest legislative authority, contained few changes from the second draft put forward for comment in July, 2016 (see our briefing).

The net result … Continue Reading

Posted in Policy & Regulation, Technology Mark Parsons

The shape of things to come – the HKMA and ASTRI chart a course for blockchain in Hong Kong: legal and regulatory implications

On 11 November, 2016, Hong Kong’s Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (“ASTRI“) published its “Whitepaper On Distributed Ledger Technology” (the “DLT Whitepaper“), a substantial research exercise commissioned by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (the “HKMA“).

The DLT Whitepaper is a useful and well-informed introduction to blockchain, or distributed ledger technology (“DLT“), … Continue Reading

Posted in Internet, Policy & Regulation Jun WeiSherry Gong

CAC issued draft regulations: Cyberspace protection of minors is on agenda

On September 30, 2016, the Cyberspace Administration of China (the “CAC“) issued the draft for comments of the Regulations on Cyberspace Protection of Minors (the “Draft“).  A “Minor” is not defined in the Draft, but defined under the Minor Protection Law as any citizen under the age of 18.  The term “citizen” is likely to be … Continue Reading

Posted in e-commerce Adrian EmchAndy Huang

Chinese payment encryption device suppliers fined for participation in government-orchestrated cartel

On 4 November 2016, the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (“SAIC“) – one of China’s antitrust authorities – published on its website three decisions, whereby three payment encryption device suppliers were fined by SAIC’s branch in Anhui Province (“Anhui AIC“).  Payment encryption devices are used by bank customers to protect the security of payments
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Posted in e-commerce Eugene Low

China strengthening consumer protection in e-commerce

It is no exaggeration to say that e-commerce is huge in China. E-commerce sales on China’s Singles’ Day (11 November 2016) have been hitting record-high year and year again. This year, it was reported that online consumers of Alibaba’s Chinese website have spent over US$17 billion on the Singles’ Day in just 24 hours.

Amid this popularity of e-commerce, the … Continue Reading

Posted in Policy & Regulation Andy Huang

Chinese antitrust enforcer sanctions TV provider

On 7 June 2016, the Administration for Industry and Commerce (AIC) in Inner Mongolia held the Xilin Gol branch of the Inner Mongolia Radio and Television Network Group (Xilin Gol Radio and Television) to have violated the Anti-Monopoly Law (AML).

Xilin Gol Radio and Television was ordered to stop its illegal conduct, had illegal gains in the amount of RMB … Continue Reading

Posted in Policy & Regulation, Technology, TMT2020 Ally SmithJustin Tong

TMT2020: Drawing a Line in the Sandbox – Boundaries for FinTech Regulation in Singapore

EDITOR’S NOTE:  We are excited to present this entry in our TMT2020 series, which reflects the key technology, media, and telecoms legal issues that are expected to impact today’s organizations and tomorrow’s marketplace.  It also provides an opportunity to highlight contributions by TMT colleagues across our global offices and practice areas.

Singapore has a strong track-record of courting technological innovation … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy Mark Parsons

Philippines Finalizes Data Privacy Act Implementing Rules

The Philippines Data Privacy Regime

The Philippines’ first comprehensive data protection law, the Data Privacy Act of 2012 (the “Act“), took effect on 8 September 2012. The Act mandated the creation of a National Privacy Commission (“NPC“) to implement, enforce and monitor compliance with the Act, with one of its duties to promulgate rules and regulations … Continue Reading

Posted in Policy & Regulation, Technology Jun WeiSherry GongNolan ShawAndrew McGintyMark Parsons

China’s second draft of the Cyber Security Law continues to propose more stringent regulation of cyberspace

On 6 July 2016, a second draft of the People’s Republic of China Cyber Security Law was released to the public for comment following its second reading by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress.  The deadline for submitting comments on the second draft is 4 August 2016.

Given the growing cyber threat globally, the Chinese move towards more … Continue Reading

Posted in Advertising, Policy & Regulation Eugene LowDeanna WongAndrew McGinty

No place to hide in Chinese cyber space – new rules regulate online advertising

On 4 July 2016, the State Administration of Industry and Commerce (“SAIC“), the regulatory body charged with enforcing, among other things, the People’s Republic of China Advertising Law (revised with effect from 1 September 2015) (“Advertising Law“) released the Administration of Online Advertising Interim Measures (“Interim Measures“; in Chinese <联网广告管理暂行办法>), which
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Posted in Internet Andy Huang

Hantao v. Baidu – ‘scraping’ third-party information as unfair competition

On 26 May 2016, the People’s Court in Shanghai’s Pudong New Area handed down its judgment in Hantao v. Baidu, in which Baidu was sued for inappropriately using information uploaded on dianping.com, a Hantao-owned website and app.  The court decided in favor of the plaintiff, and laid out a possible analytical framework for assessing unfair competition aspects in the … Continue Reading

Posted in Policy & Regulation Nolan Shaw

China eases cross-border film and media regulations

On 18 May, 2016, China’s media regulator, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (“SAPPRFT“), issued a decision (the Decision on the Amendment of Certain Rules (“Decision“)) amending five of its rules. This was part of a broader government-wide effort to reform and simplify China’s complex and sprawling system of administrative approvals across … Continue Reading

Posted in Internet Eugene Low

Are mobile chat messages caught by Hong Kong’s anti-spam law?

In April this year, the Magistrates’ Court of Hong Kong directed a defendant to disclose information on the sending of unsolicited group chat messages on a mobile messaging application. This confirms that mobile chat messages and potentially other forms of interactive messaging on social media would be subject to the anti-spam law of Hong Kong, the Unsolicited Electronic Messages Ordinance … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy Eugene Low

Right to be forgotten denied in the Chinese court

The Beijing No.1 Intermediate People’s Court recently refused to recognise that there is a “right to be forgotten” under Chinese laws. However, the fact that this issue was expressly raised and discussed in the Chinese court highlights that litigants and courts in China have kept themselves apprised of data privacy developments elsewhere in the world. And while recognising that this … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy, Policy & Regulation Mark Parsons

Asia Pacific Data Protection and Cybersecurity Guide

The Asia Pacific region is undergoing significant development in data protection and cybersecurity regulation. These changes are impacting all business sectors.

Anticipating a new phase of development across the region we are delighted to share our latest briefing discussing the key trends and issues.

Click on the link below to read all about it. Asia Pacific Data Protection and Continue Reading

Posted in Internet Deanna WongEugene LowMark ParsonsSherry Gong

Towards a Greater Chinese Firewall? – China issues new draft domain name rules

On 25 March 2016, the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (the “MIIT“) issued Draft Rules on the Administration of Internet Domain Names (“Draft“) and issued a call for comments. The Draft has raised serious concerns among the public and the international media. In this article we summarize the key changes in the Draft, and Continue Reading

Posted in e-commerce Justin TongAlly Smith

TMT2020: Instant Gratification – the Rise of Fintech and Real-time Payments in Singapore

EDITOR’S NOTE:  We are excited to present this entry in our new TMT2020 series, which reflects the key technology, media, and telecoms legal issues that are expected to impact today’s organizations and tomorrow’s marketplace.  It also provides an opportunity to highlight contributions by TMT associates across our global offices and practice areas. 

Real-time payments have become an increasingly common way … Continue Reading

Posted in Policy & Regulation Jun WeiSherry GongNolan ShawAndrew McGintyMark Parsons

China’s Counter-Terrorism Law enlists the support of Technology Providers (and just about everyone else)

On 27 December 2015, China’s National People’s Congress passed the nation’s first comprehensive law on terrorism, the People’s Republic of China Counter-Terrorism Law, which took effect on 1 January 2016.

The Counter-Terrorism Law reflects some important developments that may give some comfort to observers that their voices are being heard, without by any means removing all the concerns.

In … Continue Reading