News Corner: Data Protection Investigation Launched Into ‘Clubhouse’ App

Clubhouse is an invite-only app for social networking based on audio-chat. It allows those within the app to listen in on various conversations, discussion and interviews. On 17 March 2021, the Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (“CNIL”) (the French regulatory body for data protection) announced that it opened an investigation into the app […]

News Corner: TRAI Suspends Anti-Spam Regulations

On March 9, 2021, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (“TRAI”) temporarily suspended the operation of the Telecom Commercial Communications Customer Preference Regulations, 2018 (“TCCCP Regulations”).  The TCCCP Regulations were intended to curb the menace of Unsolicited Commercial Communication (“UCC”), which caused inconvenience and annoyance to consumers. UCC is any commercial communication which is neither […]

News Corner: Belgian Data Protection Authority and DNS Belgium To Take Down Websites Violating GDPR

Alleged data protection violation? Your “.be” domain name could be taken down!  The Belgian Data Protection Authority (the “Belgian DPA”) published on 30 November 2020 a Cooperation Agreement with DNS Belgium, the organization managing the “.be” country code top-level domain name. This Agreement allows DNS Belgium to make unavailable “.be” websites that violate the General […]

News Corner: Delhi HC Directs Xiaomi to Maintain INR 1000 Crores in Patent Infringement Suit

Philips has brought an action against Xiaomi before the Delhi High Court in the suit titled Koninklijke Philips N.V. vs Xiaomi Inc. CS(COMM) 502/2020, for infringement of its UMTS enhancement (HSPA, HSPA+) and LTE technologies and patents being IN 275419, IN 271469, and IN 228133 Philips also filed an application seeking an ad-interim injunction against […]

News Corner: Nirvana and Marc Jacobs Fight Over the “Smiley Face”

Marc Jacobs’ design, left, with Nirvana’s original, right. Composite: Mac Jacobs/Getty ImagesImage Source: The Guardian In 2018, the company Nirvana LLC sued the famous designer Marc Jacobs -among others- for the use of the “Smiley Face” symbol, which is attributed to Kurt Cobain. This “Smiley Face” has been registered in the US Copyright Office in favor […]

News Corner: FTC Settles With Zoom Over Privacy and Security Issues

On 9th November, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) of the United States announced a settlement with Zoom Video Communications, Inc. (“Zoom”), requiring the company to implement a comprehensive information security program to resolve the alleged deceptive and unfair practices undermining the security of its users, that were in violation of Section 5(a) of the Federal […]

News Corner: Italy’s Data Protection Authority Fines Vodafone €12.2M for Unlawful Telemarketing Activities Violating GDPR

On 16th November, the Italian Data Protection Authority (Garante per la protezione dei dati personali) announced its decision to impose a fine of €12.2M on Vodafone Italia SpA (“Vodafone”) on account of unlawful processing of personal user data for its telemarketing activities. The Authority concluded the investigation, which originated from the receipt of hundreds of […]