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Morocco: Government Decides to Ease Restrictions Aimed at Curbing Spread of COVID-19

(June 24, 2020) On June 9, 2020, the prime minister of Morocco, Saadeddine El Otmani, announced that the country would start easing restrictions that had been put in place to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The prime minister stated that he would lift all restrictions completely by July 10, 2020. Morocco has been […]

France: Last Phase of Gradual End to Coronavirus Shutdown Commences

(June 24, 2020) On June 15, 2020, the French government published a decree by which the country entered the third and final stage of déconfinement, the phased end to the strict measures that were imposed to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. This new decree amends a previous decree from May 31, 2020, which […]

Japan: Law to Prevent “Powa-Hara” (Power Harassment) Takes Effect

(June 22, 2020) On June 1, 2020, the 2019 amendment to the Labor Policy Comprehensive Promotion Act (Act No. 132 of 1966, amended by Act No. 24 of 2019 (Reiwa)) took effect. The amendment act, nicknamed the “Powa-Hara (Power Harassment) Prevention Act,” had been promulgated on June 5, 2019. A 2016 survey on power harassment […]

France: Parliamentary Commission Begins Investigating Government Response to Coronavirus

(June 22, 2020) On June 2, 2020, a special commission of the National Assembly, one of two chambers of the French Parliament, began investigating the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The creation of this special commission was decided on March 17, 2020, and organized on March 24. The commission was meant to operate in […]

European Union: Member States Adopt Technical Specifications to Ensure Interoperability of COVID-19 Contact Tracing Apps

(June 19, 2020) On June 16, 2020, the European Union (EU) member states agreed on a set of detailed technical specifications to ensure the interoperability of national COVID-19 contact tracing apps that use a decentralized approach. Each member state must designate a technical lead who will have operational responsibility for ensuring interoperability. In addition, guidelines […]

Norway: Data Protection Authority Orders National Health Authority to Stop Collecting User Data from COVID-19 App

(June 19, 2020) On June 15, 2020, the Norwegian Data Protection Authority announced that it had ordered the Norwegian National Health Authority (Folkehelseinstituttet, FHI) to stop collecting personal location data from its COVID-19 app, Smittestop. The Data Protection Authority had previously launched an investigation into the data collection associated with the app and asked the […]

Germany: Corona Warning App Launched

(June 18, 2020) On June 16, 2020, the German government launched the “Corona Warning App,” a voluntary mobile phone application to alert persons who have been in proximity to someone infected with COVID-19. Since its launch, the app has been downloaded by 6.5 million people. As of June 15, 2020, 186,461 people had tested positive […]

Australia: WTO Appellate Body Rejects Appeal Regarding Plain Packaging of Tobacco

(June 18, 2020) On June 9, 2020, the World Trade Organization’s (WTO’s) Appellate Body issued its reports on cases brought by Honduras and the Dominican Republic against Australia’s tobacco plain packaging requirements. (Australia — Certain Measures Concerning Trademarks, Geographical Indications and Other Plain Packaging Requirements Applicable to Tobacco Products and Packaging (DS435 and DS441).) The […]

England: Coronavirus Regulations Restricting Overnight Stays Away from Home Amended

(June 16, 2020) As part of its efforts to slowly reduce restrictions implemented to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, on June 1, 2020, the secretary of state of England introduced the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2020 to amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020, which contain a number of […]