Does your company not want to default on the implementation of the EU Whistleblowing Directive? Then do not wait any longer to start planning your organization’s whistleblowing regime. We have prepared a multijurisdictional analysis matrix covering five key areas with respect to whistleblowing laws in the form of a questionnaire. The questionnaire covers questions about the directive’s scope and implementation requirements for internal procedures, protection of whistleblowers and data privacy issues.
The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) has set out its initial risk management expectations for regulated entities that engage in activities associated with crypto-assets, and a policy roadmap for the period ahead in a letter to industry. We explore the APRA proposals in more detail below.
The Supreme People’s Court has identified certain relevant factors when assessing such agreements from an antitrust perspective. The Chinese entity of a multinational medical device manufacturer was fined RMB 9.12 million for RPM, representing 3% of its 2020 total China-wide revenue. The antitrust authority will be stepping up oversight over the platform economy, technology development, data security and livelihood sectors such as utilities, healthcare and medicine.
The first draft, released on 2 March 2022, is the authority’s first comprehensive overview of competition issues specific to the digital economy and its enforcement position and policy direction. This update was published as part of our quarterly newsletter, Asia Pacific Competition Highlights.
On 31st of March 2022, the Wise Persons on Challenges Facing the Customs Union (WPG) released its report on the future of the EU customs union. The WPG has been appointed by the Commissioner Gentiloni to reflect on the development of innovative ideas and concepts. This report aims to contribute to a general inter-institutional debate on the future of the customs union.
Hong Kong’s data privacy law, the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (Cap. 486) (PDPO), has been amended to introduce “anti-doxxing” provisions. The new regime creates offences to curb doxxing acts, and empowers the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data (“Commissioner”) to carry out criminal investigations, institute prosecutions and issue cessation notices. The changes came into effect on 8 October 2021.
Providers of managed security operations centre monitoring services and penetration testing services, collectively referred to as licensable cybersecurity services (LCS), should note that Part 5 of (and the Second Schedule to) the Cybersecurity Act 2018 will enter into force on 11 April 2022, implemented by the Cybersecurity (Cybersecurity Service Providers) Regulations 2022. To assist LCS providers in applying for the required licenses, the Cybersecurity Services Regulation Office has published an online collection of resources including application guides and a licensee information package.
In our hybrid kick-off event of the newly founded – VUJ Expert Group on Data Protection Law on the topic “The “End” for International Data Transfers? Recent developments and practical advice” , shed light on the following topics:
• International data transfers in transition
• Google analytics and the international consequences
• Approaches and alternatives for practice
On 4 March 2022, a Joint Administrative Order No. 22-01entitled Guidelines for Online Businesses Reiterating the Laws and Regulations Applicable to Online Business and Consumers, was published among 6 government bodies. The JAO seeks to increase consumer confidence in business-to-consumer and business-to-business e-commerce transactions by ensuring that e-commerce platforms, electronic retailers and online merchants are guided on the rules, regulations and responsibilities in the conduct of online business. It reiterates existing policies, procedures and guidelines that apply to online businesses, and provides an integrated remedies process for online consumers.
On 18 March 2022, the government announced that it has opened consultation on digital economy regulation settings in Australia. The government is seeking feedback on regulatory frameworks, particularly in relation to automated decision making and artificial intelligence.