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IoT in the EU: Lessons from COVID-19, and next steps for liability and regulation

The IoT sector has exploded over the past few years, and, even taking into account the globally inhibitive effects of COVID-19, this growth shows few long-term signs of abating. The buoyant, fast-paced IoT industry was the subject of a webinar, involving a panel of four partners from Hogan Lovells: Valerie Kenyon, Christelle Coslin, Matthias Schweiger, and Salomé Cisnal de Ugarte. Each gave their take on the state of play of IoT across the EU and explored the liability issues that potentially are coming down the line for IoT products. In this

Posted in Internet of Things, Policy & Regulation

Webinar – IoT in the EU: Lessons from COVID-19, and next steps for liability and regulation

Connected products remain in focus during 2020. Now more than ever before, they bring new opportunities to our homes, work, travel, and health care. Date: 15 September 3:30-4:15 BST In this webinar our leading cross-border products law team discuss the following: How IoT products have been helping tackle the COVID-19 crisis: a call out from a number of jurisdictions. Some areas of IoT law and regulation that need further development – as highlighted by the COVID-19 crisis. A quick catch-up on product liability developments in the European Union and the

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Belgian DPA Issues Guidance on Temperature Measurements in the Context of COVID-19

In the context of their return-to-work policies companies are seeking solutions to detect individuals with fever at the entrance of their premises with the aim of preventing further contamination within the buildings. This can be achieved by means of conventional thermometers, digital fever scanners directed at the forehead of the person, or sophisticated thermal camera systems. The Belgian Data Protection Authority has issued a guidance in which it adopts a strict position regarding the implications of temperature screenings for individuals’ data privacy rights. More specifically, it provides that the simple

Posted in M&A

Negotiating M&A transactions in the COVID-19 era: considerations for navigating new opportunities in uncertain waters

As businesses around the world continue to adapt to new day-to-day realities and challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, priorities necessarily shift to near-term concerns. Nevertheless, times of significant disruption also give rise to new opportunities for both strategic buyers and financial sponsors. Whether in the form of distressed M&A, defensive M&A, or strategic combinations – many industries are expected to see rapid, significant change in the weeks and months ahead. Evaluating M&A opportunities in the world that will exist as economies around the globe find a way forward

Posted in Policy & Regulation

Hogan Lovells Launches Global Privacy Guide to Support Businesses with COVID-19 Exit Plans

As the world focuses its efforts on the right strategy to beat the coronavirus and make normal life safe again, businesses are devising and implementing a variety of measures to deal with the COVID-19 crisis which rely on the collection, use and dissemination of personal data. To assist with this challenge and ensure that privacy and cybersecurity aspects are appropriately addressed, Hogan Lovells has released a detailed guide providing legal analysis and practical recommendations.  The guide has been prepared by a team spanning its 45 offices around the world and

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Making COVID-19 Apps Data Protection Compliant

The role of COVID-19 contact tracing apps in the exit strategy of the current lockdown that is gripping much of the world is increasingly becoming a focus of attention. While that role is being hotly debated, it is very likely that those apps in combination with other measures will be deployed across many countries. Until now and despite the calls by influential bodies such as the European Data Protection Supervisor for a coordinated approach to the development of single COVID-19 mobile app involving the World Health Organization, different countries have

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COVID-19 and IT Service Provider Contracts: A Checklist for Force Majeure Events

The COVID-19, and the various restrictions that have been implemented in response to it, are causing extraordinary business disruptions. Many organizations have had to modify their operational controls and accommodate a shift to remote working (among other adjustments). One key impact of COVID-19 involves an organization’s relationships with its IT service providers, which often play important roles in securing their data and systems. Under current conditions, some service providers may face challenges in performing this work, especially for engagements that require significant personnel resources or that require personnel to be