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Cryptocurrency Update: CFTC Reaffirms Jurisdiction Over Certain Virtual Currency Transactions

There is little question that virtual currency will be subject to increasing regulatory oversight as it continues its steady march towards the mainstream. On October 17, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) made that all the more clear through the release of “A Primer on Virtual Currencies,” the first of a series of publications “to help market participants and innovators navigate the FinTech landscape.” The primer reiterates the CFTC’s view that virtual currency is a commodity but denies any conflict with recent pronouncements by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) also asserting jurisdictional authority in this space.

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An Update on Brexit and the Implications for General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Practices: Privacy & Cybersecurity, Privacy & Cybersecurity Advisory, Incident Response and Preparedness, Regulatory Enforcement & Civil Litigation

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Following the “Leave” result of the United Kingdom’s referendum on its membership in the European Union, there has been uncertainty regarding the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) due to come into effect on 25 May 2018. Our report on the GDPR explains the key changes to Data Protection Law.

On 24 October 2016, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Karen Bradley MP, confirmed that the UK will still be in the EU in 2018 and will be opting-in to the GDPR. As a result, businesses collecting or using personal data while providing goods or services in the EU of EU data subjects will be subject to the new regulations.

The UK’s data protection authority, The Information Commissioner’s Office, supports this stance taken by the government and has confirmed it will issue a statement in the next month setting out a timeline for publishing its guidance on the GDPR in the upcoming months.

Both the ICO and UK government have reiterated the necessity of complying with the GDPR. In light of the increased scope of fines for non-compliance with the GDPR, it is imperative that businesses assess the steps they need to take to ensure compliance by May 2018.

For more information regarding the GDPR and its potential impact, please contact Ropes & Gray’s leading privacy & data security team.

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