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In their Deciphering Data Webinar Series, Baker McKenzie authors provide a global perspective of what’s keeping executives awake at night with the world’s threat actors becoming seemingly more sophisticated every day, and give practical guidance on how to address these risks and concerns and prepare companies for challenges ahead.
Webinars were held in July and more are being organized.

Due to the number of new developments and regulatory rules included in several different laws, which apply to multiple services, it can be difficult not to lose track of all requirements. Therefore, Baker McKenzie associates started a series that covers the most relevant requirements and to whom they apply, including the impact of the EU country of origin principle. Updates have been made to areas such as social media, search engines, app stores, video-sharing platforms, media compilation apps and services, and smart devices/connected devices.

The Singapore Health Sciences Authority is trialing an e-commerce surveillance tool to crack down on contraband products sold online, including illegal drugs, health products and cosmetics. The bot uses robotic process automation and artificial intelligence to trawl through online listings. It analyses information from the listings, including pictures, descriptions and profiles, to identify illegal products and listings that contain illegal or dangerous ingredients.

On 25 May 2021, the Singapore High Court provided long-awaited clarifications on the scope of private actions under the Personal Data Protection Act 2012 (PDPA). It was held that in order to succeed in a private action under the PDPA, the claimant must suffer loss or damage that falls within the common law heads of loss or damage (such as pecuniary loss, damage to property, and personal injury including psychiatric illness) directly as a result of contravention of certain PDPA provisions.

The Thai Customs Department has launched a Customs Trader Portal, an online web application that gives business operators a convenient option to register as an importer, exporter, and an operator who conducts customs formalities. This platform, implemented on 1 July 2021 for Thai individuals, is more aligned with the current digital economy. It also provides a third registration option for Thai individuals to register as customs formality operators. Previously, there were only two methods manual and E-customs.

The Virtual Global Trade Conference is a virtual offering for all our clients and friends worldwide. Baker McKenzie’s international trade compliance lawyers from around the world discussed the major developments impacting international trade, in nine one-hour sessions which took place from 13 to 15 July 2021.