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07 February 2020

Retail Privacy Network

You are invited to join privacy professionals in the retail sector for topical conversation, learning and networking at the first Retail Privacy Network meeting.

This interactive meeting will include hot topics in UK/EU data privacy and cybersecurity with practical case studies on retail industry issues.

The agenda will include discussions on:

  • Lessons learned from GDPR enforcement actions and update on cookies
  • Erasure and back-ups
  • Use of biometrics (including facial recognition technology)
  • Adtech, real-time bidding and valid consent

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16 December 2019

Congratulations to Sidley’s Newest Partners!

Congratulations to our 30 colleagues, including Kate Heinzelman and Tomoki Ishiara, for their election to the Sidley Austin partnership, effective January 1, 2020. Kate has strong experience involving complex privacy and data security matters and represents several large, multinational companies, as well as startups, in the healthcare, technology and financial services sectors, among others. Tomoki works out of Sidley’s Tokyo office and supports our global privacy practice in the Asian market.

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21 November 2019

The Sixth Edition of The Privacy, Data Protection and Cybersecurity Law Review is Available

The sixth edition of The Privacy, Data Protection and Cybersecurity Law Review takes a look at the evolving global privacy, data protection and cybersecurity landscape in a time when mega breaches are becoming more common, significant new data protection legislation is coming into effect, and businesses are coming under increased scrutiny from regulators, Boards of Directors and their customers. Several lawyers from Sidley’s global Privacy and Cybersecurity practice have contributed to this publication. See the chapters below for a closer look at this developing area of law. (more…)

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12 November 2019

Comments Submitted on California Consumer Privacy Act of 2020—Initiative 19-0021

As submitted for the comment period on Initiatives – Active Measures for Initiative 19-0021 on November 8, 2019.

Dear Mr. Mactaggart,

As privacy practitioners, we share your passion and dedication to the development of information privacy and data protection law in the United States. We acknowledge your achievement in pushing for the enactment of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and contributing to the ongoing national conversation to advance privacy rights. Your commitment to these issues is clear, and we commend the seriousness of your work in addressing privacy rights in accordance with your vision.

We write in the spirit of constructive development of privacy regulation, and offer the following comments in the hope of contributing to the goal we share with you: improving the quality and effectiveness of U.S. privacy and data protection law while ensuring the continued innovation and flexibility that so benefit our society. Although we often advise the regulated community on privacy and data protection matters, the views expressed here are our own.

At the outset, we note that there are important improvements in your proposed initiative relative to the enacted CCPA. Many of your new initiative’s provisions could serve to move privacy and data security law in a positive direction. In this vein, we note the following: (more…)

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06 November 2019

The CCPA and Litigation Mitigation: What You Need to Know Before January 1

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) takes effect in January. Sidley’s seasoned class action practitioners anticipate the CCPA will drive a proliferation of data- and privacy-driven suits, on multiple fronts.

This webinar will explore this emerging area in consumer class action litigation and highlight concrete steps businesses can take to mitigate CCPA-related risks.

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01 November 2019

European Commission Provides Important Guidance on Qualification and Classification of Software Under New Medical Devices Regulations

The European Commission’s Medical Devices Coordination Group (MDCG) has published a much-anticipated guidance on the qualification and classification of software devices as medical devices (MDSW)1  under the new Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) and In Vitro Diagnostic Regulations (IVDR) (the Guidance, available here). The Guidance seeks to provide clarification to medical software manufacturers with respect to (i) when software is considered a device (qualification) and (ii) what risk category the device falls into (classification).

Under the currently applicable rules, supported by guidance set out in MEDDEV 2.1/6,2 most software devices are classified as low risk. However, the new classification rules set out in the MDR, in particular Rule 11, significantly change the classification of MDSW, with many software devices to be generally considered medium- or even high-risk devices.

Here we examine which areas have been clarified by the Guidance and which topics remain open to interpretation.

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28 October 2019

Blockchain 2019: Smart Contracts

Please join us for the fourth in a series of programs focused on 2019 blockchain developments. This webinar will discuss legal, regulatory and other considerations for smart contracts. Lawyers from Sidley’s blockchain, investment funds and global finance practices will discuss:

  • The blockchain technology behind smart contracts
  • The legal validity of smart contracts under state law
  • Court decisions and industry initiatives addressing obligations embedded in smart contracts
  • Practical considerations for smart contract implementation in transactions

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25 October 2019

Women in Privacy

Women in Privacy™ or WIP™ invites you to join our networking event featuring a roundtable discussion of the latest data protection and privacy hot topics followed by a drinks reception.

The Women in Privacy networking group is for data protection and privacy professionals and aims to provide a platform for high-level discussion of data protection and privacy law developments, to facilitate and strengthen networking among women privacy professionals, and to mentor and promote the advancement of women in the field.

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