Sep
07

Upcoming ‘Digital’ Laws: The Future Is Now

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Law is an ever-evolving social construct and remains effective only insofar as it can be updated in a timely manner to keep up with real-life developments. The relevance of laws and their subject matter is always dictated by present-day realities and circumstances. One need only look at some of Malta's oldest laws, such as the Public Weighers Ordinance, the Carrier-Pigeons Ordinance and even the Cereals (Sale) Ordinance, all of which are now obsolete and repealed, to be transported, as if by time machine, to an entirely different era. While looking into the past c...
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Jul
23

The EU-US Privacy Shield is No More

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This article was written by  Dr. Warren Ciantar and Dr. Claude Micallef-Grimaud . On Thursday 16 th July 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union ('CJEU') ruled that the 'Privacy Shield' agreement allowing for the transfer of personal data between the European Union and the United States of America does not provide sufficient protection from US surveillance to EU citizens. To fully appreciate the context and ramifications of this decision, one must go back to 2013, when a young Austrian privacy activist by the name of Max Schrems raised a complaint ag...
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Mar
31

Recent Amendments to the Maltese Subsidiary Legislation Regulating the Processing of data in the Insurance Sector

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Legal Notice 107 of 2020 (the 'Legal Notice') has recently introduced important changes and clarifications to the Maltese 'Processing of Data Concerning Health for Insurance Purposes Regulations' (S.L. 586.10), which, in parallel with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Maltese Data Protection Act (Chapter 586 of the Laws of Malta), regulate the processing of health data in the insurance sector. S.L. 586.10 primarily sought to set out a lawful basis for entities involved in the "business of insurance" to process data concerning health. Particu...
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Mar
30

Recent Amendments to the Maltese Special Rules of Processing of Personal Data by Public Authorities in Relation to Criminal Offences

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The Maltese subsidiary legislation regulating the Processing of Personal Data by Competent Authorities for the Purposes of the Prevention, Investigation, Detection or Prosecution of Criminal Offences or the Execution of Criminal Penalties ( S.L. 586.08 ), implementing EU Directive 2016/680, came into force on the same day as and in parallel with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The said S.L. 586.08 has recently been amended by virtue of the similarly named Data Protection (Processing of Personal Data by Competent Authorities for the Purposes of th...
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Oct
14

A Brief Overview of the EU Electronic Communications Code

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On 17th December 2018, Directive 2018/1972 of the European Parliament and Council establishing the European Electronic Communications Code (the 'EECC') was published and it entered into force on December 20 th 2018. This Directive relates mainly to the protection of end-users in the field of telecommunications law and was designed to improve upon the current protection provided to end-users under the present telecommunications framework.  Directive 2018/1972 provides for a number of changes to the field of telecommunications law. Some of these changes include...
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