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While the inauguration of a polarizing new president dominated the news of Brazil around the beginning of the new year, outgoing President Michel Temer, before leaving office, issued an executive order that has important ramifications for Brazil’s recently enacted General Data Protection Regulation (Lei Geral de Proteção de Dados or LGPD). Provisional Measure No. 869/2018 (MP 869/2018), published Dec. 28, 2018, takes the vitally important step of creating Brazil’s National Data Protection Authority (ANPD), tasked…
Last week, Australia’s parliament passed a controversial act that will enable law enforcement and intelligence agencies to compel access to encrypted communications. In an explanatory memorandum, the Australian Parliament stated that the new act, the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Act 2018, is intended to combat “the challenges posed by ubiquitous encryption.” Under the act, certain law enforcement and intelligence agencies will be able to approach “designated communication providers,” using one of…
In this issue: • Blockchain Enterprise Developments in Food Supply Chain, Patient Data, Patents, Mobile Devices and MoreRegulation, Investment and a Bad Week for Bitcoin: Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Capital Markets Developments Global Regulatory Consensus Beginning to Take Shape; Cryptocurrency Mining Malware Evolves  Blockchain Enterprise Developments in Food Supply Chain, Patient Data, Patents, Mobile Devices and More By: Simone O. Otenaike An international supermarket conglomerate operating in 17 countries worldwide recently announced…
As organizations continue to grapple with the requirements of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) even months after its effective date, one thing is clear: The impact of the regulation extends far beyond an organization’s European operations. The global effects of the GDPR are even more apparent when one surveys new and proposed data protection legislation around the world. On Aug. 14, 2018, Brazil signed into law the Lei Geral de Proteção de Dados…
In this issue: • Cryptocurrency Capital Markets Announcements by Institutional and Startup FirmsPublic and Private Blockchain Pilots Announced, CFTC Warns on Smart ContractsCrack Down on ICOs Continues, U.S. Marshals Prepare to Auction Seized Bitcoin Cryptocurrency Capital Markets Announcements by Institutional and Startup Firms By: Jordan R. Silversmith On Oct. 15, a major global financial services firm – the fourth-largest asset management firm in the world – announced plans to spin off…
In this issue: • Blockchain Initiatives Pursue Solutions for Refugees, Voting, Smart Cities, Defense and Food SafetyCryptocurrency Legal Developments: Tax, Proposed Legislation, AML and CFTCEnforcement Actions Continue, Cryptomining Malware Surges, Token Values FallBlockchain Payments Products Advance, Investments Continue and a Bitcoin Bug Is Fixed Blockchain Initiatives Pursue Solutions for Refugees, Voting, Smart Cities, Defense and Food Safety By: Brian P. Bartish and Diana Stern The World Food Programme (WFP)…
In this issue: • Stablecoins Launch in US as New Data Cites Drop in ICO FundingSEC and FINRA Issue First-of-Their-Kind Enforcement ActionsBlockchain Enterprise Developments: Mining, Digital Identities and Food Supply ChainCryptocurrencies Continue to Enter Traditional Areas of Financial Crimes  Stablecoins Launch in US as New Data Cites Drop in ICO Funding By: Robert A. Musiala Jr. and Brian P. Bartish On Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, the New York Department…
In this issue: • Payments and Capital Markets Blockchain Developments Continue to Progress • Industry and Government Continue to Champion Blockchain PilotsNewly Released List Ranks Companies with the Most Blockchain Patent Filings Payments and Capital Markets Blockchain Developments Continue to Progress By: Jonathan D. Blattmachr This week saw several blockchain-related developments in the payments and capital market spaces. In payments, a major global technology company’s newly announced remittance system claims to enable faster…
In this issue: • New Blockchain Trading Platforms and Capital Markets Offerings AnnouncedBlockchain Executive Surveys Released, More Pilots and Investments AnnouncedUpdate: Cryptocurrency Cybercrimes and ICO Enforcement ActionsJohn McAfee’s ‘Unhackable’ Cryptocurrency Wallet Hacked New Blockchain Trading Platforms and Capital Markets Offerings Announced By: Jaime B. Petenko Recently, it was reported that a popular Colorado resort planned to sell “Aspen Coins” in a Reg D 506(c) offering on a token trading…
In this issue: • Capital Markets Firsts for Blockchain Include Bonds, Security Tokens, Exchange Traded NotesCryptocurrency Cybercrimes and Enforcement Actions ContinueBlockchain Investment Continues as Businesses Expand Operations  Capital Markets Firsts for Blockchain Include Bonds, Security Tokens, Exchange Traded Notes By: Jaime B. Petenko According to an Aug. 10, 2018, press release, the World Bank and an Australian multinational bank are partnering to issue what is reported to be the first…