Technology and digitalisation

  • Data Protection, Technology and digitalisation

    2022

    Line Coll will be the new Director of the Data Protection Authority

    Our Partner and dear colleague Line Coll will be the new Director-General of the Norwegian Data Protection Authority. We are very proud and will miss her a lot!

  • Intellectual Property, Technology and digitalisation, International sanctions and export control

    2022

    Russian countermeasures on intellectual property rights

    Russia has announced and implemented several countermeasures against so-called "unfriendly states". Some of these countermeasures involve intellectual property rights (IPR), meaning that entities of so-called "unfriendly states" now face countermeasures limiting the protection of their IPR in Russia. Entities of such states that do not anticipate continuing to do business in Russia can expect to see their intellectual property utilised in Russia without compensation.

  • Ranking, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Financing, Capital Markets, Compliance and crisis management, Mergers and Acquisitions, Dispute Resolution, Restructuring and Insolvency, Shipping Offshore, Competition law, Contract and Construction, Employment Law, Renewable energy and infrastructure, Intellectual Property, Commercial Property, Tax Law, Technology and digitalisation

    2022

    Wikborg Rein top ranked in Chambers Europe 2022

    We are very pleased to announce that we have also in 2022 taken another step up in Chambers Europe, an annual ranking guide for Europe's leading law firms.

  • Intellectual Property, Technology and digitalisation

    2022

    Progress for the realisation of the Unified Patent Court

    Recent developments bring the new Unified Patent Court (UPC) closer to reality. This means that companies doing business in the EU should start considering whether they want to engage with the new UPC system or not.

  • Data Protection, Technology and digitalisation

    2022

    Transfer of Personal Data and the Use of Google Analytics: Austrian Data Protection Authority's Decision

    Austrian Data Protection Authority decided that the use of Google Analytics violates the transfer rules under the GDPR.

  • Asset Management, Financial Regulation, Mergers and Acquisitions, Company Law, Renewable energy and infrastructure, International sanctions and export control, Intellectual Property, Technology and digitalisation, Capital Markets

    2021

    New Partners in 2022

    We are pleased to announce that Snorre Nordmo, Hedvig Bugge Reiersen, Lars Erik Lien, Charlie Pope and Lars Erik Steinkjer have been appointed partners in Wikborg Rein from 1 January 2022.

  • Data Protection, Technology and digitalisation

    2021

    New Draft Decision's Potential Impact on GDPR's Strict Consent Rules

    The Irish Data Protection Commissioner's new draft decision has received significant attention. The decision relates to the legal basis of processing under the GDPR and it is criticised by many for giving entities a by-pass from GDPR's strict rules. In this article, Wikborg Rein looks into the draft decision and evaluates what it might mean for the application of the GDPR in the future.

  • Data Protection, Technology and digitalisation

    2021

    Facebook to Delete Personal Data of More Than One Billion Users

    Last week, Facebook announced their decision to stop using the face recognition technology. Facebook's decision comes against the backdrop of intensifying concerns around data privacy and Facebook's practices, and it is expected to affect more than one billion users. Wikborg Rein reviews the details of Facebook's decision and its potential consequences in this brief article.

  • Mergers and Acquisitions, Capital Markets, Employment Law, Technology and digitalisation

    2021

    Wikborg Rein has assisted on private placement in Elop

    We have assisted Fearnley Securities and Pareto Securities in connection with a private placement of new shares in Elop AS.

  • Technology and digitalisation, Intellectual Property

    2021

    New rules on holding back goods infringing intellectual property rights

    Rights holders will get new simplified procedures to enforce their rights after changes to the Norwegian Customs Act recently entered into force. It will be easier to detain goods that infringe intellectual property rights.

  • Data Protection, China, Technology and digitalisation

    2021

    New Chinese privacy law – PIPL

    4 factors you need to be aware of when doing business in China.

  • Sustainability, Ocean Industries, Technology and digitalisation, Renewable energy and infrastructure, Shipping Offshore

    2020

    Partner in the One Ocean Expedition

    Wikborg Rein is proud to partner and fully support the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development in the project: The One Ocean Expedition.

  • State aid and EU/EEA law, Intellectual Property, Competition law, Procurement, Data Protection, Technology and digitalisation

    2020

    New Partners

    We have the pleasure of announcing that Gry Hvidsten, Hanna Beyer Olaussen and Hanne C. Zimmer are appointed new Partners in Wikborg Rein as of 1 January 2021.

  • Data Protection, COVID-19, Technology and digitalisation

    2020

    COVID-19 and new IT solutions: Privacy in quarantine?

    The corona virus is putting the health and social contemporary world in crisis. The spreading of the virus is very fast and the implementation of new IT solutions to manage both ascertained and potential corona contagions is under evaluation worldwide. The question is - how will the new technologies handle privacy of individuals?

  • COVID-19, Technology and digitalisation, Data Protection

    2020

    COVID-19 and Data Protection

    The Norwegian and three other European data protection supervisory authorities on employers' collection and disclosure of employee data.

  • Technology and digitalisation, Intellectual Property

    2019

    Copyright protection of algorithms – impossible or just a question of definition?

    Legal protection of algorithms has been subject of much debate over the years, and with the huge technological development, the topic is constantly gaining new relevance. Access to good and effective algorithms has become vital for companies that want to gain strong market positions, as giants like Google and Facebook use algorithms to generate customized content. The prevailing view among copyright lawyers has long been that algorithms are not protected by copyright because they are unprotected ideas behind computer programs. However, I think this is misleading and oversimplified.

  • Data Protection, Technology and digitalisation

    2019

    GDPR, information security and the importance of carrying out "proper due diligence"

    ICO issues statements of intention to fine British Airways and Marriott.

  • Data Protection, Technology and digitalisation

    2019

    Administrative fines for breach of the privacy by design principle and of the duty to ensure information security in the GDPR

    Two of Norway’s largest municipalities were found to be in breach of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in two separate and unrelated cases each of which involved the use of technology in the municipalities’ schools.

  • Data Protection, Technology and digitalisation

    2019

    Google and Apple asked to provide better information on the use of personal data

    A recent initiative co-ordinated by the Norwegian and Dutch consumer associations has asked Google and Apple to respectively provide better information to their users.

  • Data Protection, Technology and digitalisation

    2019

    The UK prepares for Data Protection after Brexit: Two New Regulations

    When the UK leaves the EU, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will no longer be directly applicable in the UK. Two new sets of regulations have therefore been recently promulgated by the British Parliament to retain, as much as possible, the status quo and are meant to come into effect upon the UK's withdrawal from the EU. Both sets of regulations were issued pursuant to the UK's European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018.

  • Data Protection, Technology and digitalisation

    2019

    Two recent decisions of the Norwegian Privacy Appeals Board

    The Norwegian Data Protection Authority (NDPA) has a broad set of powers, including the power to deliver warnings, reprimands or impose fines on data controllers and processors for non-compliance with the new Personal Data Act and the GDPR. As the new Personal Data Act and the GDPR only recently came into force, there are not yet many decisions based on the new legal regime. However, some of the recent NDPA decisions were appealed to the Privacy Appeals Board (PAB) and the appeal decisions have referred to the new legislation. Two such recent decisions respectively concern the data subject's right to object to processing and the right to erasure.

  • Technology and digitalisation, Data Protection

    2019

    List of processing operations where a DPIA is always required

    The Norwegian Data Protection Authority has recently published a list of processing operations that shall always require a data protection impact assessment (DPIA) pursuant to article 35(4) of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

  • Technology and digitalisation, Data Protection

    2019

    Controversial draft bill on the Norwegian Intelligence Service

  • Data Protection, Technology and digitalisation

    2018

    Complaints against Google by consumer organisations for breach of GDPR

    On 27th November 2018, the Norwegian Consumer Council and consumer organizations from six other European countries – the Netherlands, Sweden, Greece, Poland, Slovenia and the Czech Republic – each filed a complaint against Google with their respective data protection authority.

  • Technology and digitalisation, Data Protection

    2018

    Identification and mapping of processing activities (Part 1)

    With less than a year until the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) enters into application, many companies are investigating the extent to which they are compliant as well as identifying what tasks need to be performed to enable them to become compliant by then.

  • Data Protection, Technology and digitalisation

    2018

    Implementing the GDPR in Norway

    The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) starts to apply within the European Union (EU) from 25th May 2018. Since the GDPR is an EU regulation, it will have direct applicability and direct effect in all EU member states as from that date. Norway, however, is not an EU member state but a member of the European Economic Area (EEA) and a different procedure therefore applies before the GDPR can become part of Norwegian law.

  • Data Protection, Technology and digitalisation

    2018

    Identification and mapping of processing activities (Part 2)

    In the first part of this article, we examined the controller's obligation to keep records of processing activities pursuant to Article 30 of the GDPR. In this second part, we focus on the data processor's obligations to keep such records.

  • Data Protection, Technology and digitalisation

    2018

    The WP29 Opinion 2/2017 on data processing at work

    Article 29 Working Party (WP 29), consisting of data protection authorities from all EU and EEA states and the European DP Supervisor, has recently issued an Opinion 2/2017 on data processing at work ("the Opinion").

  • Data Protection, Technology and digitalisation

    2018

    Fintech and Privacy

    On 7th February 2018, the Norwegian Data Protection Authority ("DPA") published a report which examines the challenges that the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2) pose for privacy.