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AUSTRIA: Draft GDPR Implementation Act

On 12 May 2017 a Draft GDPR Implementation Act (“Draft“) has been submitted to the Austrian Parliament and is now to be reviewed, assessed and commented by various public bodies, organisations and groups. With the GDPR Implementation Act the present Data Protection Act 2000 (Datenschutzgesetz 2000) will be repealed and a new Data Protection Act is issued which will become effective on 25 May 2018. General overview At first glance the Draft covers only a bare minimum of implementation: the major part of the Draft includes only the provisions necessarily required by the GDPR, but only few of the...

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EUROPE: Practical impacts of GDPR on the employment relationship

In this article we focus on some of the practical impacts of GDPR on the employment relationship and what businesses can do to manage these and prepare for implementation by May 2018. Data subject access requests Under the GDPR, employees will have the right to much more detailed, transparent and accessible information about the processing of their data. Data subject access requests will be easier for employees. In most cases employers will not be able to charge for complying with a request and normally will have just a month to comply, rather than the current 40 days. The removal...

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AUSTRALIA: Privacy Awareness Week Update – Industry Debrief: Mapping the community’s privacy expectations

By Sinead Lynch and Jessica Noakesmith Today our Australian IPT team attended the ‘Industry Debrief: Mapping the community’s privacy expectations’ presented by the Australian Information and Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, and Principal from The Wallis Group, Jayne Van Souwe. We heard some of the key issues raised by the 2017 Australian Community Attitudes to Privacy Survey and part of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner’s (OAIC) plan to address rising privacy concerns in Australia. It was also notable that the survey confirmed many Australians as being comfortable with and welcoming the new mandatory data breach notification rules due...

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CHINA: Effect of Trademark Co-existence Agreement

CHINA’S SUPREME PEOPLE’S COURT SWITCHES APPROACH ON TRADEMARK CO-EXISTENCE AGREEMENTS FOR GOOGLE’S “NEXUS” MARKS 9 MAY 2017 Two recent decisions of the Supreme People’s Court in China have allowed, for the first time, similar marks to co-exist on the Register in respect of similar goods, on the basis of a coexistence agreement or consent letter (共存协议) entered into between the parties. The two appeal cases concerned the following marks filed for registration by Google, both of which were blocked by the following prior mark: Google’s Marks (No. 11709162 in Class 9 owned by Google Inc., covering “handheld computers, laptop...

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ITALY: The privacy authority issues its guidelines on the GDPR

The European privacy regulation (GDPR) can now rely on detailed guidelines from Italian data protection authority on how to comply with it.  After the French and the Dutch data protection authorities, the Italian privacy regulator, Garante per la protezione dei dati personali, (the “Italian DPA“) issued its 6 step methodology on the GDPR which aims at also increasing awareness on the most relevant changes introduced: 1. More detailed consent and broader legitimate interest As already provided by the current regime, any type of processing of personal data needs to have a legal basis justifying it. In particular, among others,...

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GLOBAL: The GDPR at your fingertips – our new app

We are delighted to announce the launch of DLA Piper’s new Explore GDPR mobile app! It is now available for downloading from Apple’s App Store and Google Play. The Explore GDPR mobile app has been developed to make the text of the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) easily accessible. The app not only provides the full Regulation text but is also fully searchable and links each article to each of the relevant recitals. In addition, articles from the EU GDPR are linked to corresponding articles from its predecessor, the EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC. It is suitable...

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