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United Kingdom: Bill Introduces New Agency for Cutting-Edge Scientific Research

(Apr. 8, 2021) On March 2, 2021, the government of the United Kingdom (UK) introduced the Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill. The bill provides for the establishment of an independent agency known as the Advanced Research and Invention Agency (ARIA) and sets out the legislative framework that details how the agency should be governed. […]

Argentina: National Digital Payment System Implemented

(Jan. 28, 2021) On December 7, 2020, the Central Bank of Argentina (Banco Central de la República Argentina, BCRA) implemented the first stage in the rollout of a new national digital payment system. The system, named Transferencias 3.0 (Transfers 3.0), will allow any business or company in the country to charge for its services through payments made through […]

Denmark: Health Authority Issues New Guidance for COVID-19 Tracing Including Updated Rules for Danish COVID App

(Dec. 23, 2020) On November 24, 2020, Sundhedssyrelsen (the Danish Health Authority) published an updated version of its guides on tracing COVID-19. The guide, COVID-19: Opsporing og håndtering af nære kontakter (COVID-19: Tracking and Managing Close Contacts), is the third version discussing how to trace transmission of COVID-19 in Denmark. The guide contains updated rules […]

International: New App Developed to Combat Illegal Fishing in West Africa

(Dec. 1, 2020) Illegal fishing in West Africa has been a longstanding challenge in the region, threatening livelihoods, nutritional security, and export revenues, while also causing damage to marine environments and contributing to increased pollution. Now a new app, developed by the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) and launched on November 10, 2020, can be used […]

Spain: Government’s Contact Tracing App Now in Operation Throughout Country

(Nov. 20, 2020) The Spanish government’s official contact tracing application, “Radar Covid,” achieved nationwide operation on October 27, 2020, when the Catalan Health Service began distributing the app’s codes to users. The app has been officially up and running since August 10, but because of “the lack of codes and the slowness of the autonomous […]

Vietnam: Foreign Nationals on Short-Term Visits Required to Use Contact Tracing App during Their Stay in Vietnam

(Oct. 30, 2020) On August 31, 2020, Vietnam’s Ministry of Health issued a circular exempting short-term visitors to the country from quarantine if they use the Bluezone contact tracing application throughout their stay in the country and satisfy other requirements. (Circular No. 4674 / BYT-MT on Guidance on Covid-19 Prevention and Control Regarding Short-Term Work […]

Austria: Amendment of Financial Market Authority Act Establishes Regulatory Sandbox for Innovative FinTech Companies

(Sept. 18, 2020) On September 1, 2020, an amendment to the Austrian Financial Market Authority Act (Finanzmarktaufsichtsbehördengesetz, FMABG) entered into force in Austria. The amendment adds a new section 23a to the FMABG that directs the Austrian Financial Market Authority (FMA) to establish a regulatory sandbox for innovative businesses in the information and communication technology […]

South Korea: New Digital Signature Act to Take Effect in December 2020

(Aug. 28, 2020) South Korea’s new Digital Signature Act was published in the Gwanbo (Official Gazette) on June 9, 2020. (Act No. 17354, June 9, 2020, Gwanbo No. 19768, pp. 147–57.) Most of the provisions of the new act will take effect on December 10, 2020. Background to the Act The current Digital Signature Act […]

Japan: “Super City” Law Enacted

(Aug. 18, 2020) On June 3, 2020, the Act to Amend the National Strategic Special Zone Act, nicknamed the “Super City Act,” was published in Japan’s official gazette. (Act No. 34 of 2020, Kanpou Extra No. 109 of 2020.) Background The National Strategic Special Zones Act was enacted in 2013. It created a system to […]

New Zealand: Government Launches Charter on Use of Algorithms by Public Agencies

(July 31, 2020) On July 28, 2020, the New Zealand government launched the Algorithm Charter for Aotearoa New Zealand, with the minister for statistics stating that it was the first country in the world “to outline a set of standards to guide the use of algorithms by public agencies.” The charter, which has been signed by 21 public […]