22 mai 2017 - Commentaires fermés sur Data Protection – Cybersecurity

Data Protection – Cybersecurity

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).

Le paradoxe des cyberattaques_ la responsabilité des victimes - Le Temps

8 mai 2017 - Commentaires fermés sur Internet of Things (Internet des objets)

Internet of Things (Internet des objets)


IoT - For Better or Worse

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

IoT Security : Meetup held at sigma legal


IoT Security

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)

Copyright 4.0: a global perspective (and many takeaways)

170px-Copyright.svgHigh 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.


17 mars 2017 - Commentaires fermés sur Data transfer to the US: What’s hot?

Data transfer to the US: What’s hot?


The Swiss – US Privacy Shield will be effective in less than a month

In January 2017, the US and Switzerland agreed to a new legal framework to transfer personal data from Switzerland to companies based in the US. Switzerland will apply roughly the same conditions as the European Union, which set up a comparable system with the US in 2016 (the EU–US Privacy Shield).

Is it better than the previous agreement?

Read more here: New_Swiss-US_Privacy_Shield

6 mars 2017 - Commentaires fermés sur Recent Developments in Swiss Competition Law

Recent Developments in Swiss Competition Law

Complexity and technology as main features.

MargWord Cloudin squeeze in the telecom sector, parity clauses in the online hotel booking field, refusal to deal in the market for pay live tv broadcasting of premium content, formation of joint ventures in the fast-moving advertising sector and other cases show the diversity and complexity of antitrust cases in Switzerland over the last year. Critical review by Christian Bovet and Adrien Alberini. Just published in the Swiss Business Law Review (2017/1).


15 février 2017 - Commentaires fermés sur Downloading, Streaming, File Sharing

Downloading, Streaming, File Sharing

What is the legal situation in Switzerland?

From Copyright to Data Protection.

Popcorn.popcorn-1614707_960_720  A few weeks ago, Le Matin Dimanche, a popular newspaper in the French speaking part of Switzerland, reported the story of a Swiss student who used PopcornTime to watch TV series in Germany. The student realized she had infringed copyright law only a couple of weeks later, when she received a letter from a law firm explaining that PopcornTime is a peer-to-peer platform and that she had unlawfully shared copyrighted content with other users. On this basis, the law firm claimed, on behalf of a large entertainment content owner, EUR 3’000!

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30 décembre 2016 - Commentaires fermés sur Draft Bill on Data Protection

Draft Bill on Data Protection


In the wake of the EU, Switzerland revises its legislation
It’s time for businesses to adapt !

On December 21, 2016, the Federal Council (finally!) released, as part of the Swiss Digital Strategy, its draft bill for a brand-new Data Protection Act. This draft bill aims at modernizing and reinforcing data protection laws in Switzerland, but also at aligning with foreign regulations in order to facilitate cross-border transfer of data. More on this enclosed.
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22 décembre 2016 - Commentaires fermés sur New Platform

New Platform

Geneva Internet Dispute Resolution Policies 1.0

 Adrien Alberini

This is about a group of lawyers interested in Internet law. After debating about hot topics in this field, we ended up designing policies aiming at solving gidpr-1-0disputes relating to the Internet. The outcome of this work has just been released and is now available online on a dedicated website. Please visit, comment, and endorse the principles!

10 novembre 2016 - Commentaires fermés sur Conférence


Avis d’experts: responsabilité et limites contractuelles

 de Me Joëlle Becker

Joëlle Becker a participé au colloque pluridisciplinaire organisé par la Fondation pour le droit de l’art et le Centre universitaire du droit de l’art, relatif aux "Risques et périls dans l’attribution des oeuvres d’art: de la pratique des experts aux aspects juridiques".

La présentation de Joëlle porte sur la responsabilité dérivant des avis d’experts et certificats d’authenticité, ainsi que sur les limites contractuelles pouvant être posées à une telle responsabilité.

C’est avec plaisir que nous mettons à disposition notre présentation PowerPoint, qui peut être utile à identifier les enjeux juridiques liés à l’émission d’avis d'experts.

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