Information technologies and the Internet keep on offering new and challenging issues to lawyers. Together with much estimated colleagues, Adrien had the opportunity to explore three of those issues in the following papers recently published:
For now several years in a row, Adrien had the opportunity to speak about competition law in the IP and Internet sectors. Good timing considering in particular the recent Google ruling handed down by the EU Commission.
Adrien and Vincent were invited in June by the Swiss CyberSecurity Association to speak about the GDPR and by Perennial SA to address various IT security issues to be taken into account in the financial sector.
Between Consignors and Buyers:
Conflicts of Interest of Auction Houses
Joëlle Becker has participated as a speaker in the Kunst & Recht 2107 / Art & Law 2017 Seminar organized by the University of Basel, in the context of Art Basel.
In her presentation, Joëlle has analyzed the duties ensuing from the contractual relationships entered into by auction houses under Swiss law. In doing so, she has focused on the cases of conflicts of interest, which auction houses may have to handle, as well as the possible solutions at their and their clients' disposal.
Symposium des fondations suisses 2017 Actualités en droit des fondations
Vincent Pfammatter a participé en tant qu'orateur au Symposium des fondations suisses 2017 organisé par SwissFoundations à la Maison de la paix à Genève, le 7 juin 2017.
Vincent a présenté trois actualités juridique distinctes, soit (i) l'impact du rapport du GAFI du mois de décembre 2016 pour les fondations suisses, (ii) la possibilité qu'offre à présent l'article 86a CC au fondateur de modifier le but de sa fondation, et (iii) deux arrêts du Tribunal fédéral (thésaurisation) et du Tribunal administratif fédéral (gouvernance).
The Paradox of Cyberattacks: Victims May Be Liable.
The recent wannacry cyberattacks raise the questions of how such situations would be addressed under the GDPR. Considering the heavy regulation to be complied with, companies targeted by the attacks may well end up - paradoxically - being at the same time liable. Our perspective on this touchy topic was just published in Le Temps, the main newspaper in the French-speaking part of Switzerland (p. 11).
Internet is developing tremendously through the Internet of Thing (IoT), which refers to the networked interconnection of everyday objects and devices. Today, more than 15 billion objects are connected to the Internet and it is expected that they will reach 80 billion by 2020. This evolution offers immense potential for new business opportunities. But it also raises a lot of questions and concerns about privacy threats and data protection. Together with Gilles Meynet, we shared some thoughts in a recent an article which is accessible here (in French).
7 avril 2017 - Commentaires fermés sur IoT Security : Meetup held at sigma legal
On April 4th, 2017, sigma legal hosted a conference from the association Swiss Cybersecurity. Enlightening speeches and discussions about connected devices, their security weaknesses and the consequences this may have on privacy.
5 avril 2017 - Commentaires fermés sur Copyright 4.0: a global perspective (and many takeaways)
High technologies are raising a lot of new issues under copyright law. This hot topic was at the heart of the annual IP conference recently held at the University of Geneva. We are pleased to share our contribution summarizing the essence of this conference which was just published on the Kluwer Copyright Blog.