Focusing on the latest digital trends and risks and developments in the field of data protection, privacy, information and cyber law.

Smart contracts for finance parties

Conor O'Hanlon

WHAT IS A SMART CONTRACT? “Smart contracts are neither particularly smart nor are they strictly speaking, contracts.” – Monax.io A smart contract is a set of promises, agreed between parties and encoded in software, which, when criteria are met, are performed automatically. The concept of a smart contract is used to cover a spectrum of scenarios Read More

The Netherlands: Obligation to notify serious cybersecurity incidents might expose banks to new risks

Peter Eijsvoogel

A draft Dutch law will, once adopted, require mandatory notification of security breaches or loss of integrity of ICT systems that may have a significant impact on the availability or integrity of certain vital products or services (the Bill). The Bill will affect the financial services sector. The new law is expected to take effect Read More

Allen & Overy updates UK data protection App “Access Assist”

Nigel Parker

Whilst most data privacy specialists are understandably focused on moving towards compliance with the GDPR, it is important not to lose sight of existing challenges. One particular challenge among them, for many, is dealing with data subject access requests. These requests are a perennial problem for many businesses, often made by disgruntled employees or customers Read More

Autonomous & connected vehicles: navigating the legal issues

Nigel Parker

Research has forecast the inexorable rise of the “connected car” and the continued push towards autonomous vehicles. We can expect to see significant disruption to the automotive industry as a consequence of changes to the value chain and business models driven by these developments. We have prepared a paper, which discusses key trends and legal Read More

EMA and HMA set up big data task force to establish roadmap on the use of big data in medicines assessment

Eveline Van Keymeulen

On 23 March 2017, the European Medicines Agency (EMA), together with the Heads of Medicines Agencies (HMA), established a new task force “to explore how medicines regulators in the EEA can use big data to support research, innovation and robust medicines development” in order to improve human and animal health.  The task force is composed Read More

BCRs under the GDPR: Practical considerations

Wanne Pemmelaar

Modern businesses increasingly depend on the free data flows between business units, customers and third parties. As new legislation and developments shake up the existing principles of cross- border data transfer, many internationally operating organisations turn to Binding Corporate Rules (BCRs). The BCRs can be a key element not only for the compliant cross-border data Read More