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Italy: New Omnibus Law Provides for Improved Digital Network Systems, Anti-Mafia Measures, Aid to Airlines, and Other Administrative Regulations

(Aug. 13, 2020) On July 17, 2020, Decree Law No. 76 of July 16, 2020 entered into force in Italy, providing for improved digital network systems, anti-Mafia measures, aid to airlines, and administrative regulations aimed at eliminating and simplifying requirements for economic activities. Improvement of Digital Network Systems and User Access The new law provides […]

Norway: Government Launches Mobile App to Track and Stem Spread of COVID-19

(May 6, 2020) On April 16, 2020, the Norwegian government launched a smartphone app to track the spread of the coronavirus in Norway. By downloading the app, users voluntarily allow the app to track their physical location and notify them if they have been in close proximity to a person who later becomes infected with […]

United States: Executive Branch Recommends Revocation of China Telecom’s License to Operate as an International Common Carrier in the United States

(Apr. 23, 2020) On April 9, 2020, the executive branch filed a recommendation to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to revoke and terminate China Telecom (Americas) Corporation’s authorization to operate as a common carrier in the United States. The recommendation was the product of collaboration between the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, Defense, State, and […]

Italy: New Provisions on National Cybersecurity Enter into Force

(Oct. 16, 2019) On September 22, 2019, Decree Law No. 105 of September 21, 2019 (Decreto-Legge 21 settembre 2019, n. 105) (D.L. No. 105), containing urgent provisions on national cybersecurity, entered into force in Italy. The purpose of the new legislation is to guarantee the highest level of security for networks, information systems, and information […]

Saudi Arabia: New Resolution Regulating the Use of Information and Communication Technology in Government Agencies

(Oct. 4, 2019) On May 28, 2019, Saudi Arabia’s Council of Ministers issued a new resolution on the use of information and communication technology in government agencies. (Resolution No. 555 of 2019.) Specifically, the new Resolution regulates the sending of electronic documents and the use of government email accounts, cloud computing, government personal computers and […]

Estonia: Government Issues Artificial Intelligence Report

(July 31, 2019) In May 2019 a multidisciplinary group of experts, headed by the Chief Information Officer of Estonia’s government, produced a study on artificial intelligence (AI) that, if accepted by the government, may serve as the country’s first AI strategy. While the report is not a legal document, it aims at outlining the principles […]

Israel: Knesset Passes Amendment Law Recognizing Role of National Cyber Directorate in Protecting Cyberspace

(July 22, 2019) On December 27, 2018, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed an Amendment Law that gives a statutory basis to the unification of the Cyber National Bureau and the National Cyber Security Authority into the Israel National Cyber Directorate (INCD), which operates directly under the Prime Minister. (Law for the Regulation of Security in […]

China: Trade Secret Provisions Under Anti-unfair Competition Law Revised

(June 6, 2019) On April 23, 2019, the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee of the People’s Republic of China (PRC or China) adopted an amendment to the PRC Anti-unfair Competition Law, revising provisions of the Law concerning trade secrets. The amended Law took effect on the same day. (NPC Standing Committee Decision of Amending […]