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Updates on the Thai Cybersecurity Bill, the Draft Amendment to the Electronic Transaction Act...

The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (“MDES”) has been quite active throughout 2018, having already passed several laws under the digital economy initiatives....

Hungary: Employers unlawfully requesting criminal records from employees face fines

As a result of the General Data Protection Regulation, it has become more difficult for companies to request criminal records from their prospective and current employees. Those companies who break the rules can expect significant fines under the GDPR.

Draft Law implementing GDPR in Portugal

The Council of Ministers recently approved Draft law n.º 67/2018 that will ensure the implementation of the GDPR in Portugal.

Japan EU Data Transfers – Mutual adequacy findings under APPI and GDPR

Significant progress has been made over the past 11 months to bridge the differences between Japan's privacy protection requirements under the Act on the Protection of Personal Information and those of the EU under the GDPR.

United Kingdom: The Morrisons Data Breach Judgment

Various Claimants v Wm Morrisons Supermarket PLC is an important decision about how and when an employer can be liable to its employees for data protection law breaches caused by a rogue employee.

Malaysia: Enforcement of the Personal Data Protection Act 2010

The Personal Data Protection Department is now actively enforcing the PDPA. Data users should therefore ensure that there is full compliance with all the requirements under the PDPA and its subsidiary legislation.

Creation of a Working Group to Prepare the New Portuguese Law on the Protection...

On August 24, 2017 an ordinance was published which created a Working Group with the purpose of preparing the Portuguese legislation for the application of the new General Data Protection Regulation.

German Federal Labor Court: Employer cannot use information from secret keylogger software as evidence...

Information obtained via a keylogger software secretly installed on an employee's computer cannot be used as evidence in court - some exceptions apply.

German Data Retention Obligations Suspended

On 28 June 2017, the German telecommunications regulator decided to suspend enforcement of the provisions of the German Telecommunications Act which required providers of publicly available telephone services for end users and providers of publicly available internet access services for end users to retain certain metadata from 1 July 2017 onwards.

Germany passes new Federal Data Protection Act

Germany is one step closer to new data protection rules as the German Parliament and the Federal Council have both approved the draft of a new Federal Data Protection Act (Bundestag printing matter 18/11325). The purpose of the draft is to align German data protection law to the European General Data Protection Regulation which will be applicable as of May 25, 2018.

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