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European Commission launches the adoption of its adequacy decision on Japan

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Vĕra Jourová, on the right, and Margaritis Schinas - Date: 05/09/2018 Reference: P-038039/00-03 Location: Brussels,Belgium,Brussels - EC/Berlaymont © European Union , 2018 / Source: EC - Audiovisual Service / Photo: -
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Following the conclusion of the EU-Japan talks on personal data protection in July 2018, the Commission launched today the procedure for the adoption of its adequacy decision.

Commissioner Jourová today briefed the College on the next steps and the Commission is publishing the draft adequacy decision and the related documents. This includes the additional safeguards that Japan will apply to EU personal data transferred to Japan, as well as commitments regarding access to personal data by Japanese public authorities for law enforcement and national security purposes, guaranteeing that their level of data protection is adequate to that of the EU’s. Japan is also going through a similar process to recognise the EU’s data protection framework.

Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality said: “We are creating the world’s largest area of safe data flows. Personal data will be able to travel safely between the EU and Japan to the benefit of both our citizens and our economies. Our partnership will promote global standards for data protection and set an example for future partnerships in this key area.”

Each side is now going through its internal procedures towards the final adoption of its reciprocal adequacy finding. For the EU, this involves obtaining an opinion from the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) and the green light from a committee composed of representatives of the EU Member States. Once this procedure will have been completed, the Commission will adopt the adequacy decision on Japan.

The key elements of the adequacy decision

To guarantee a level essentially equivalent to European standards, Japan has committed to implementing the following additional safeguards to protect personal data transferred to Japan, before the Commission formally adopts its adequacy decision:

  • A set of rules providing individuals in the EU whose personal data are transferred to Japan, with additional safeguards that will bridge several differences between the two data protection systems. These additional safeguards will strengthen, for example, the protection of sensitive data, the conditions under which EU data can be further transferred from Japan to another third country, the exercise of individual rights to access and rectification. These rules will be binding on Japanese companies importing data from the EU and enforceable by the Japanese independent data protection authority (PPC) and courts.
  • The Japanese government also gave assurances to the Commission regarding safeguards concerning the access of Japanese public authorities for criminal law enforcement and national security purposes, ensuring that any such use of personal data would be limited to what is necessary and proportionate and subject to independent oversight and effective redress mechanisms.
  • A complaint-handling mechanism to investigate and resolve complaints from Europeans regarding access to their data by Japanese public authorities. This new mechanism will be administered and supervised by the Japanese independent data protection authority.

Europeans will benefit from strong protection of their personal data in line with EU privacy standards when their data is transferred to Japan. This arrangement will also complement the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement as European companies will benefit from free data flows with this key commercial partner, as well as from privileged access to the 127 million Japanese consumers. The EU and Japan affirm that, in the digital era, promoting high privacy and personal data protection standards and facilitating international trade must and can go hand in hand.

Next steps

The draft adequacy decision will now go through the following procedure:

  • Opinion from the European Data Protection Board (EDPB)
  • Consultation of a committee composed of representatives of the Member States (comitology procedure)
  • Update of the European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
  • Adoption of the adequacy decision by the College of Commissioners.

Background

As announced in January 2017 in its Communication on Exchanging and Protecting personal data in a globalised world, the Commission launched a dialogue with the aim of reaching an adequacy decision with Japan.

On 17 July 2018, the EU and Japan successfully concluded their talks on reciprocal adequacy. They agreed to recognise each other’s data protection systems as adequate, which will allow personal data to be transferred safely between the EU and Japan.

The processing of personal in the EU is based on the General Data Protection Regulation, which provides for different tools to transfer personal data to third countries, including adequacy decisions.

For More Information   

Factsheet

Press release on the conclusions of the adequacy talks (17 July 2018)

Questions & Answers on the Japan adequacy decision

Link to draft adequacy decision and related documents

 

 

IP/18/5433

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Biggest Challenges for the Legal Sector 2020

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Every industry is experiencing some changes or the other and the law sector is no different. It is a matter of fact that although change is good, yet it brings in certain challenges as well. In order to stay abreast of the rapidly changing trends, the top law firms in India must be prepared for the upcoming big risks.

As we come to the verge of saying goodbye to the current year, it is time to predict the trends that can be anticipated in the law sector in the upcoming year. Having said that, let us check out some of the biggest challenges that the legal industry may face in 2020.

 

Gender Equality

In accordance with the Equality Act 2010, a law passed in the year 2017 required organizations with at least 250 workers to submit details about their potential gender pay gaps. As a result, law agencies have experienced hidden challenges concerning the unfair representation of women in higher positions. The strict legal regulation has made the organizations to fix the gap in the salary of male and female lawyers. This has, in turn, helped the deserving women to climb to higher ranks.

This trend is expected to continue in the year 2020 as well, with efforts being put to make the potential gender pay gap smaller between men and women in the legal sector.

 

Automation

Automation is gradually finding its way into every industry and this includes the legal sector as well. That being said, it would not be surprising to notice the flourish of something that is called legal tech.

Software has made a huge positive impact on the way things were traditionally conducted in law firms. It enhanced the document analysis procedure, streamlined contract production, and helped the consumers to access the offered services quickly and easily through chatbots.

Although legal tech still happens to be in its evolving stage, yet we can expect it to influence the legal business profoundly in the upcoming year.       

 

Voice Search Technology

Irrespective of the industry it is operating in, every firm requires online marketing to increase its business. That being said, this is applicable to the legal sector as well. According to the predictions, the online marketing trend is likely to experience a huge shift in the upcoming years with conversational language coming to use on business websites. This is due to the reason that major companies like Google are promoting voice search technology as a method of online marketing. As a result, the legal firms now require optimizing the services offered on their websites in terms of a layman and put efforts for matching voice search.

 

Cease of the 9 to 5 Work Routine

Some years back, almost everyone followed the typical 9 to 5 work pattern. However, modern workplaces are gradually becoming flexible and the law firms are no different. Many lawyers in India are becoming ‘platform lawyers’, which happens to be more of a self-employed practice that gives them the chance to choose their own working hours.

The increased flexibility has helped the lawyers, who want to operate a business side by side with their career. This working style also works better financially. As this is a remote role, this pattern helps the lawyers in saving a significant part of their bills.

This working style also allows the lawyers to decide when and where they want to work, with many of the professionals getting propelled towards the bigger payments. This acts as a rescue for those legal professionals who work for long hours, toil hard, and get profit to their respective organizations, but receive a little benefit for themselves.

 

Relationship Management and Lead Generation

Lawyers often fail to market successfully to the existing clients. Each law firm claims to have many clients and this is great. But the problem is they are not marketing to these clients. It’s high time that the law firms realize that loyalty is no more long-sighted and in order to retain their client base, they require marketing to them.

 

The Final Words 

The legal sector is continuously going through a lot of changes, with many new and improved practices being incorporated. The upcoming year will also experience the same trend. However, certain challenges are expected to enter into the bigger picture. The lawyers of the top law firms in India need to prepare themselves to accept the potential changes and deal with the challenges faced by law firms in 2020 confidently.

 

About the author: Amy Jones is an expert employment law advisor working at Ahlawat & Associates, a well-known legal firm in India. She is one of the top lawyers in India who loves to help people in all aspects of the practice area

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ITES, A Gathering Place of World-class Brands to Lead the Smart Factory Revolution

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The 21st Shenzhen International Machinery Manufacturing Industry Exhibition is scheduled to take place in Shenzhen World Exhibition & Convention Center (SW) on March 30th to April 2nd, 2020. Benefit from the venue superior location, supply chain capabilities, and strong economic strength, ITES has attracted numerous exhibitors and visitors from home and abroad.

 

The show will cover 240,000 square meters of exhibition area. It is expected to feature more than 1,200 local and international exhibitors, showcasing 8 theme sectors. Among the 8 themes, industrial automation and machine tool areas will be the key highlight overall exhibition, with four dedicated exhibition pavilions. As China smart manufacturing has been facing unprecedented development opportunities, there is an uncommon chance for all industrial manufacturers and suppliers. Because most enterprises should improve their manufacturing techniques and explore China’s market urgently due to this situation, China market will be an important development target for multitudinous industrial leaders.

ITES 2020 has the total usage of 12 exhibition halls that showcases the entire industrial machinery chain:

  • Metal Cutting Machine Tool (Hall 5/7) — featuring Mazak, Makino, Haas, Hurco, Doosan, Hwacheon, Fanuc, Beijing Jingdiao, Brother, Taikan, and more.
  • Metal Forming Machine Tool (Hall 6/8) — featuring Trumpf, Amada, Bystronic, Yawei, JFY, Accurpress, Tailift, LFK, BLM, Han’s Laser, Penta Laser, Lead Laser, and more.
  • Additive Manufacturing Technology (Hall 4) — featuring 3D Systems, Stratasys, Envision Tec, EOS, OPM, Creaform, UnionTech, HP, RATC, PATEO, Shining 3D, HBD, Sunshine, TMP 3D, Scantech, and more.
  • Tools & Industrial Consumable (Hall 1/2) — featuring Sandvik, Iscar, Horn, Kennametal, Big DaiShowa Seiki, Speed Leopard, Pokolm, CB-Ceratizit, YG, and more.
  • Industrial Measurement & Digital Manufacturing (Hall 3) — featuring Hexagon, Zeiss, Mitutoyo, Leader, Faro, Serein, NANO, Wekma, T-King, AEH,Lead, Dantsin, and more.
  • Industrial Supply (Hall 4) — featuring TaiRiSheng, Billion Technology, Jiaye Precision Metal, FIYTA, SEIKO, EVA, Kong Ngai, BaoSteel, ASSAB, Scana, SSAB, and more.
  • Robotics & Smart Factory (Hall 9/10/11) — featuring Fanuc, Yaskawa, Kawasaki, Nachi, Universal Robot, Mitsubishi, Siemens, B&R Automation, Beckhoff, Keyence, SKF, NSK, THK, IKO, and more.
  • Industrial Service (Hall 12)

 

About ITES

ITES 2020 is a professional exhibition of large-scale in the field of manufacturing in South China. Since its establishment in 2000, it has developed into an international professional exhibition authorized by the International Exhibition Industry Association (UFI) through the professional and internationalized operation. Also, it is an industrial brand exhibition certified by BPA International Media Certification Body.

With 20 years of development in Shenzhen, ITES exhibition has been developed into a professional exhibition in technology and manufacturing industry in China. It has become an effective platform for professionals from 3C products, automobile, precision parts manufacturing, mold, medical equipment, new energy, and office equipment industries.

From March 30th to April 2nd, 2020, ITES Exhibition will be held at Shenzhen World Exhibition & Convention Center (SW), with a scale of 240,000 square meters. It will focus on digital, intelligent, personalized and innovative technologies and solutions for different industries.

 

 

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ChainPoint 19 Conference | Connecting people, making future visible.

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ChainPoint 19 Conference – commenced in Yerevan, Armenia for the second time, on the 14th of October, 2019. The conference was hosted by Nooor Blockchain Armenia and suffice as the opening partner event for the Aurora Forum.

About five hundred attendees gathered in the beautiful Dvin Hall to discuss the current state of blockchain and future tech, where it is headed, and the true potential that lies within the Armenian ecosystem. Speeches by Vigen Arushanyan, President of Nooor Blockchain Armenia, Tigran Khachatryan, the Minister of Economy of the Republic of Armenia, and Noubar Afeyan, Co-Founder of Aurora Forum, opened the ceremony.

Over the fulfilled two-days-program, there were 16 presentations, 7 panel discussions and a whole lot of networking!  The key speakers included Global Crypto Leader and FinTech Leader for Asia at PwC Henri Arslanian, the Minister of Economy of the Republic of Armenia, Tigran Khachatryan, the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Armenia, Vakhtang Abrahamyan, the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Armenia, Chris Emms, the Business development manager at Bitcoin.com.

Topics of the the hottest panel discussions centered around:

  • the regulatory aspects of crypto-assets
  • Armenia as a home to future tech companies
  • investments opportunities in blockchain
  • the latest crypto trends and the rise of exchanges
  • the merging of FinTech with blockchain.

The conference was an exceptional way to converge Nooor’s international blockchain community and local enthusiasts of the technology. ChainPoint became a cornerstone of opportunity, investment, and new beginnings. Without a doubt, Armenia established itself on the world blockchain map, showcasing the untapped resources that the region can offer.

In the scope of the ChainPoint 19 Conference, we had a networking event at the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU), flavoured with Henri Arslanian’s book presentation “The Future of Finance: The Impact of FinTech, AI, and Crypto on Financial Services”. In the framework of AGBU’s Bridge for CSO’s program Henri Arslanian was appointed  as the Goodwill Ambassador for Nooor Blockchain Armenia. With this there are a number of projects coming.

Additionally, during the conference we had witnessed the most outstanding speeches delivered from all the stakeholders involved in the development of blockchain in Armenia. Vakhtang Abrahamyan, the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Armenia, proposed his own vision towards the regulatory issues and stated that they are open to discussions and are looking at the market demand.

Parallel to the conference there was an Expo area where local and international businesses and organizations had the opportunity to present their offerings and receive feedback from the community.

One of the most noteworthy moments of the conference was the startup battle, which included a $350,000 prize fund raised by, CV VC labs, AE ventures, SmartGateVC, x10 Agency, ECOS and InnMind. The Prizes were granted to four lucky startups: CoinStats – the official portfolio tracking app of ChainPoint, To the Moon, Creatr and GeBeCert/SmartCheck.

ChainPoint 19 Conference is officially a part of the history now. See you at ChainPoint 2020 and let’s #thinkthefuture together!

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