Some solutions for dispute resolution in the Blockchain era

  Do the benefits of smart contracts overwrite their downfalls? While smart contracts bring a lot of benefits, allowing for a quick execution once a certain condition takes place, a lot of value can get lost in these transactions. For example, it is estimated that in 2017, over $1B in value was lost with smart […]


CNIL publishes analysis of blockchain in light of the GDPR

In September 2018, the French Data Protection Agency, the Commission Nationale de l’informatique et des Libertés (CNIL) published a report explaining how Blockchain relates to the GDPR (“Report”). In particular the Report highlights the following. WHO IS THE CONTROLLER IN A BLOCKCHAIN TRANSACTION. Users of the web who decide to submit a transaction to the validation […]

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EDPB publishes opinions on national supervisory authorities’ DPIA lists

The EDPB adopted opinions on the draft lists that several supervisory authorities issued regarding he processing operations subject to the requirement of a data protection impact assessment (DPIAs, according to Article 35.4 GDPR). This power of EDPB is pursuant to Article 63, Article 64 (1a), (3) – (8) and Article 35 (1), (3), (4), (6) […]

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$999,000 in HIPAA settlements for unauthorized disclosure of patients’ protected health information

On September 20, 2018, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that it reached settlement with several medical centers after they allegedly compromised patients’ protected health information (PHI) by inviting film crews on premises to film an ABC’s television documentary series, without first obtaining authorization from patients. According to […]

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ICO served GDPR enforcement notice on a non resident organization (Canadian company)

     On July 6, 2018, the UK Data Protection Authority, the Information Commissioner Officer (ICO), served what looks like the first enforcement notice regarding the processing of UK individuals’ personal data by a nonresident organization. The notice was directed to Aggregate IQ (AIQ), a digital advertising, web and software development company based in Canada. […]

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Italian GDPR harmonization law is now in force

On September 19, 2018, Legislative Decree n. 101/2018 harmonizing the Italian privacy law with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) entered into force. Legislative Decree was published on the Official Italian Gazette (Gazzetta ufficiale n. 205 04-09-2018) on September 4, 2018. More on the Legislative Decree and the Italian Privacy Code (Legislative Decree 196/2003) is available […]

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ECJ’s recommendations to national courts on preliminary ruling procedure

CJEU: in the references for preliminary rulings the national judge must anonymise the data   On July 20, 2018, the Official Journal of the European Union (C 257/1) published a document in which the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) clarifies to national courts and tribunals the essential characteristics of the preliminary ruling procedure and the […]

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ICO fines Emma’s Diary £140,000

On August 20, 2018, the Information Commissioner Officer, ICO – the British data protection authority – fined Lifecycle Marketing (Mother and Baby) Ltd, aka Emma’s Diary, £140,000 for failing to comply with the data protection ‘fairness’ principle. The principle imposes a transparency duty requiring data controllers to provide data subjects with information about the purposes […]

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