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Posted in Copyright, designs, intellectual property, Policy & Regulation Alastair ShawPenny ThorntonWinston MaxwellMorten PetersennAlberto BellanAnne SchmittBenedikt Lüthge

DSM Watch: Navigating Article 13 (now 17) of the Copyright Directive

On 26 March 2019 the EU Parliament voted to pass the draft Copyright Directive (“Directive”) into EU law.  After adoption by the EU Council (representatives of Member State governments) and official publication, the EP’s adopted text will become EU law. Member States will then have until mid-2021 to implement it into their national laws. DSM Watch has already overviewed the … Continue Reading

Posted in Consumer Privacy, Data Protection & Privacy, Policy & Regulation Mark BrennanSarah K. Leggin

Assessing the Evolving U.S. Privacy Landscape and the Road Ahead

New proposals to protect consumer privacy in the U.S. seem to be appearing every day. There are now more than 90 privacy proposals that federal, state, and local regulators and policymakers are considering as privacy continues to dominate the news cycle. Hogan Lovells partners Mark Brennan and Nicola Fulford led a panel of industry stakeholders at the INCOMPAS Policy Summit … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy, intellectual property, Policy & Regulation, Technology

Consumer Horizons 2019 – IP in the mix

The Consumer industry is evolving at lightning speed, and the way consumer companies operate is shifting. From issues in supply chain to the digitalization of the consumer experience, companies are rapidly changing to keep up with consumer demands. Last year businesses in the consumer industry saw a wave of unprecedented disruption and transformation, and 2019 promises challenges of similar or … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, Digital Single Market (EU), intellectual property, Policy & Regulation Benedikt LüthgeAlastair ShawPenny ThorntonWinston MaxwellMorten PetersennAlberto BellanAnne Schmitt

DSM Watch: Copyright Directive press publishers’ rights: final edition of Article 11 is now Article 15

Yesterday (26 March 2019) the EU Parliament voted to pass the draft Copyright Directive into EU law.  After adoption by the EU Council (representatives of Member State governments) and official publication, the EP’s adopted text will become EU law. Member States will then have until mid-2021 to implement it into their national laws. DSM Watch has already overviewed the whole … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy, Policy & Regulation, privacy and security litigation Eduardo Ustaran

EDPB Joins the Dots of ePrivacy and GDPR

On 12 March 2019 at its Eighth Plenary Session, the European Data Protection Board (“EDPB”) adopted its Opinion 5/2019 on the interplay between the ePrivacy Directive (“ePD”) and the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). The Belgian Data Protection Authority had, on 3 December 2018, requested that the EDPB examine the overlap between the two laws and in particular the … Continue Reading

Posted in Cybersecurity, Policy & Regulation Trey HanburySarah K. Leggin

One IoTa of Consensus: Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Cybersecurity for Internet-Connected Devices Introduced

Members of Congress recently introduced a bipartisan proposal to enhance cybersecurity for the network of Internet-connected devices, commonly known as the Internet of things (IoT).

Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Representatives Robin Kelly (D-IL) and Will Hurd (R-TX) introduced the IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2019 and hope to establish baseline cybersecurity standards for IoT devices. … Continue Reading

Posted in intellectual property, Policy & Regulation, Technology Inmaculada Lorenzo

“IP Fast Action Protocol” facilitates processing of preliminary injunctions at Mobile World Congress 2019

The Mobile World Congress (MWC), whose latest edition  took place in Barcelona from 25 to 28 February 2019, is the largest mobile communications event in the world where new devices, applications and the latest developments in wireless and mobile communications technologies are showcased. This has given rise to a substantial increase in recent years of the IP rights-related … Continue Reading

Posted in Consumer Privacy, Cybersecurity, Data Protection & Privacy, Employment privacy, Financial privacy, Heath privacy/HIPAA, International/EU privacy, Policy & Regulation, privacy and security litigation Joke Bodewits

Dutch Data Protection Authority Sets GDPR Fines Structure

On 14 March 2019, the Dutch data protection authority (Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens, DPA) announced (in Dutch) its fining structure for violations of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Dutch law implementing the GDPR (Implementation Act).

The GDPR sets two levels of administrative fines that may apply depending on which GDPR provisions have been infringed: The higher of €10 … Continue Reading

Posted in Internet, Policy & Regulation, Telecoms & Broadband Winston MaxwellMark BrennanArpan Sura

Study shows complexity and uncertainty of IoT regulation in Europe

A Hogan Lovells study comparing of regulatory requirements in the European Union, United States, and China shows the complexity and uncertainty of the regulatory framework relevant to Internet of Things (IoT) in Europe. The number of telecoms regulatory constraints affecting IoT in the EU is almost twice as high as in the United States and China. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) … Continue Reading

Posted in Cybersecurity, Data Protection & Privacy, International/EU privacy, Policy & Regulation, privacy and security litigation Joke Bodewits

Dutch Data Protection Authority States Cookie Walls Violate GDPR

On 7 March 2019, the Dutch Data Protection Authority published guidance (in Dutch) that it considers “cookie walls” to violate the GDPR. A cookie wall is a pop-up on a website that blocks a user from access to the website until he or she consents to the placing of tracking cookies or similar technologies.

Under current Dutch cookie law, functional … Continue Reading

Posted in Cybersecurity, Data Protection & Privacy, Policy & Regulation, privacy and security litigation, Technology

A global approach to IoT cybersecurity?

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has published a new standard for cybersecurity in relation to consumer IoT products. The standard builds on the UK’s Code of Practice for Consumer IoT Security, published in October last year. The Code of Practice was developed by the UK Government following publication of a draft code as part of the Secure by … Continue Reading

Posted in Policy & Regulation, Technology Tony LinSarah K. Leggin

A Big Year for Smallsats: Conference Highlights Optimism and Diversity in the Growing Industry

Last month, the smallsat community gathered in Silicon Valley for the 2019 Smallsat Symposium. The conference featured leading innovators, experts, and entrepreneurs in the industry who discussed their achievements and the expanding opportunities for funding, launch, and partnerships. Mike Safyan, VP Launch for Planet Labs, gave an inspiring keynote address describing Planet’s victories and challenges in its first … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, Digital Single Market (EU), Policy & Regulation Alastair ShawPenny ThorntonWinston MaxwellMorten PetersennAlberto BellanAnne SchmittBenedikt Lüthge

DSM Watch: EU Copyright Directive, the big picture

Agreement on a compromise text for the new Copyright Directive was reached between Member State government representatives, EU Parliament representatives and the EU Commission last week (see our “Breakthrough” post). On 20 February 2019, EU Governments formally voted, by a majority, to approve that compromise text: Italy, Poland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Finland opposed it; Belgium and Slovenia abstained.   … Continue Reading

Posted in Consumer Privacy, Cybersecurity, Data Protection & Privacy, Employment privacy, Financial privacy, Heath privacy/HIPAA, International/EU privacy, Policy & Regulation, privacy and security litigation Dr. Christian TinnefeldDr. Henrik Hanßen

GDPR Enforcement Update: Increasing Fines Expected from German DPAs | HL Chronicle of Data Protection

Many companies have been struggling with GDPR implementation over the past two years, putting much effort into new roles, privacy concepts, and workflows. Now that the dust of the immediate GDPR compliance rush is settling, the first details of fines imposed under the GDPR and the number of cases pending with Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) in Europe are being made … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy, Policy & Regulation Winston MaxwellChristine Gateau

An Approach for Setting Administrative Fines Under the GDPR

Article 83 of the GDPR provides for two levels of administrative fines: a lower level – maximum of €10 million or 2% of the global turnover – for violations relating to record-keeping, data security, data protection impact assessments, data protection by design and default, and data processing agreements; and a higher level – maximum of €20 million or 4% of … Continue Reading

Posted in Internet, Policy & Regulation Winston Maxwell

Using artificial intelligence to fight hate speech

Hogan Lovells partner Winston Maxwell spoke at the executive roundtable on artificial intelligence and online hate speech, organised on January 31, 2019 by CERRE, the Centre on Regulation in Europe. The goal of the roundtable was to discuss what measures should be adopted to fight hate speech online and to look at the pros and cons of using machine-learning in … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy, Policy & Regulation Timothy TobinHarriet PearsonMark BrennanBret Cohen

California DoJ Sets March 8 Deadline for CCPA Pre-Rulemaking Comments

The California Department of Justice has announced a March 8, 2019 deadline for submitting written pre-rulemaking comments on the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). The March 8 deadline is an extension from the previously set end-of-February deadline.

Pursuant to section 1798.185(a) of the CCPA, the California Attorney General (AG) is obligated to solicit broad public participation and adopt regulations to … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy, Policy & Regulation, Technology Winston MaxwellJohn Salmon

EU: Are blockchain and data protection incompatible?

Since publishing the original version of our guide to blockchain and data protection in September 2017, there has been considerable further commentary from academics, politicians and practitioners, some of which suggested that there is inherent incompatibility of blockchain systems with EU data protection law.

This updated version of our guide puts forward our views on this question, offering a more … Continue Reading

Posted in Cybersecurity, Data Protection & Privacy, Licensing, Policy & Regulation, Technology Winston MaxwellMark BrennanArpan Sura

Hogan Lovells publishes Demystifying the U.S. CLOUD Act

Hogan Lovells has published Demystifying the U.S. CLOUD Act, a detailed analysis of the impact of the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act (CLOUD Act) on non-U.S. businesses and individuals who use cloud storage solutions.

Demystifying the U.S. CLOUD Act was written by Hogan Lovells partners Winston Maxwell and Mark Brennan, and senior associate Arpan Sura.

The report … Continue Reading

Posted in Cybersecurity, Data Protection & Privacy, Drones, Internet, Policy & Regulation, Technology Mark Parsons

Privacy, Cybersecurity, and the Internet of Things in Asia: What to Expect in 2019

Increasing numbers of initiatives, devices, and solutions related to the Internet of Things (IoT) are substantially impacting the development of cybersecurity and data privacy regulations throughout Asia. After the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in Europe, for example, Asian lawmakers are considering strengthening their own data protection laws. The region is also characterized by a push in … Continue Reading

Posted in e-commerce, Internet, Policy & Regulation, Technology

UK Tax Authority tightens the screws on tech companies

When is an amnesty not an amnesty? When the carrot is the (possible) absence of stick.

HMRC announced today the introduction of their new Profits Diversion Compliance Facility (PDCF). This is a way for multinationals to take the initiative and explain their legal and operational structures before HMRC launch their next wave of full-scale “transfer pricing” investigations into corporates. The … Continue Reading

Posted in Policy & Regulation, Telecoms & Broadband Trey Hanbury

Government Shutdown Limits FCC Operations to Safety-of-Life and Spectrum Auction Activities

The federal government shutdown that began at midnight December 29, 2018 shows no sign of ending soon. The Federal Communications Commission tapped on-hand funds to continue operations uninterrupted but ran out of time – and money – last week.

The FCC earlier issued a statement that the agency had enough funding to remain open through January 2, 2019, but has … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy, Policy & Regulation

Are You Ready for Brazil’s New Data Protection Law?

The Brazilian General Data Protection Law (“Lei Geral de Proteção de Dados” or “LGPD”), passed by Congress on 14 August 2018, will come into effect on 15 February 2020. The new data protection law significantly improves Brazil’s existing legal framework by regulating the use of personal data by the public and private sectors. Very similar to the General Data Protection … Continue Reading