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Tech industry faces data security crisis as global protectionism grows

Data protectionism is on the rise across global technology networks and could be stunting tech growth and development, according to a report by Gowling WLG. According to the report, some of the world’s most successful technology economies, including Finland, Sweden, Korea, The Netherlands, UK and Canada, are susceptible to protectionist policies. All but the USA […]

Angola – general state budget for 2018

This briefing highlights the following tax provisions: The 10% Special Contribution on Current Invisible Foreign Exchange Transactions, applicable to payments related with foreign technical assistance and management contracts, was extended for 2018 (applicable to management services and foreign technical assistance service contracts executed under Presidential Decree no. 273/11, 27 October 2011)…

Location, location, location: the dangers of tracking whereabouts on social media

Snapchat’s map feature has been called “creepy” and “dangerous” by the media since its inception last year. The feature enables users to track their friends’ locations at any time, across the globe. This adds to a myriad of settings on the app which allow users to share their location with others. The very act of […]

Life sciences disputes: is international arbitration the future?

The growth of the life sciences sector has been accompanied by a corresponding growth in related disputes, which are increasingly resolved by way of international arbitration. This insight explains why international arbitration is particularly well suited for the resolution of these disputes.

ECJ latest Facebook ruling makes waves: Impact under the GDPR?

In its decision C-210/16 of 5 June 2018, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on a dispute between a German academic institution and a German data protection authority. The institution operated a fan page on Facebook and collected user data via cookies, which were placed by means of a function called “Facebook Insights”. The purpose of […]

Africa: Enforceability of arbitral awards within the OHADA area

By Olivier Bustin The new Article 30 of the OHADA Uniform Act on Arbitration sets out two main principles: a very general one for all those who are familiar with international arbitration law and another, more innovative, one aimed at thwarting judicial practices that delay the enforceability of arbitral awards…

Prior rights and registered intellectual property

By David Aylen, Manuela Finger, Ines Lin, Denis Kolesnikov, Clémence Lapotre, Robert A. MacDonald, Jon Parker, Alice Stagg and Jian Xu This article explores if the exclusive rights in a trademark can be obtained in the course of trade without registration and what is the scope of such rights across Canada, China, France, Germany, Russia, UAE […]

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Cyber attacks: Driven to change or driving change

By Jennifer Michael Being Driven to Change during a crisis can often be haphazard, fast-paced and incredibly stressful. It usually comes about because an event you haven’t planned for happens suddenly. If this event is a cyber attack, as a priority you will need to put measures in place to stop your private and confidential […]

Protectionism data security crisis for tech firms

By David E Brennan Data protectionism is on the rise across global technology networks and could be stunting tech growth and development, according to a report by international law firm Gowling WLG…

Mozambique: Repatriation of revenue from exports

By Natércia Sitoe and Edneuza Massingue In the context of yet another reform of the regulations under the Exchange Law, notice 4/GBM/2018 of 13 April, which was approved by Banco de Moçambique, was published recently. This Notice arises out of what was established by the revision of the regulations of the Exchange Law introduced by Decree […]

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