A common legend debunked no written fee estimate is (probably) required in Italy before a lawyer is engaged

The Ufficio Studi del Consiglio Nazionale Forense (Research Office of the Italian Bar Association) clarified, already in December 2017 that Italian attorneys do not have a duty to communicate in writing to the client an estimate indicating the cost of their professional service and specify their expenses and fees BEFORE being engaged by a client. See Nota dell’Ufficio Studi n. 67 dated October 12, 2017  Notwithstanding the above, many still believe that an estimate before engagement is Read more [...]

Important question about the GDPR one –stop shop mechanism referred to the ECJ

On May 8, 2019, the Brussel’s Court of Appeal referred certain questions to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) to ensure that the Belgian Data Protection Authority (DPA) can pursue the case against Facebook also after the GDPR entered into force. In particular, the questions is whether the one-stop shop mechanism (which allows for a new cooperation mechanism between EU DPAs) also allows a DPA to initiate a proceeding before an EU court if it is not the lead supervisory authority.[1]  Read Read more [...]

North Carolina bill to amend Identity Theft Protection Act and to increase consumer protection post-breach

On April 16, 2019, North Carolina House of Representative introduced H.B. 904. The Bill amends the Identity Theft Protection Act. Among the many changes introduced, the Bill: amends the definition of security breach to include any incident of “unauthorized access to or acquisition of (was, access to and acquisition of) unencrypted and unreacted records or data containing personal information where illegal use of the personal information has occurred or is likely to occur or that creates Read more [...]

EU Parliament adopts regulation on platform-to-business trading practices

On April 17, 2019, the EU Parliament adopted the proposed EU Regulation on platform-to-business trading practices. The text adopted by the European Parliament still has to be formally approved by the Council of the European Union. Once approved, the Regulation will enter into force 12 months after its publication in the Official Journal. According to the online platforms factsheet, 1 million businesses are selling goods and services via online platforms. The Regulation aims at resolving Read more [...]

Washington state modifies its breach notification law

On April 22, 2019, the House of Representatives modified chapter 19.255 RCW to amend its data breach notification law. The definition of “data breach” does not change. The security of the system means “unauthorized acquisition of data that compromises the security, confidentiality, or integrity of personal information maintained by the person or business.” But HB 1071 introduced an expanded definition of “Personal information”, which now includes individuals’ first name Read more [...]