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Belgian sunshine rules – Submissions required by 31 May 2018 at the latest

On 27 December 2016, the Belgian Law of 18 December 2016 concerning various health-related matters (“the Sunshine Act”) was adopted by the Belgian Ministry for Public Health. The Sunshine Act provides that life sciences companies must publically disclose information concerning all pecuniary advantages or benefits in kind granted, directly or indirectly from Belgium or elsewhere,

Do as we say, not as we do: Cabinet Office fails to avoid transparency again

The Cabinet Office has again failed to justify its attempts to avoid the transparency it so often vociferously promotes. Last week, we reported on the Upper Tribunal’s dismissal of the Cabinet Office’s appeal which effectively sought to avoid the application of the government’s own policy on the reduction of the “30-year rule” to a “20

Government policy on transparency comes back to haunt the Cabinet Office

In February 2010, the then Labour Government announced its intention to reduce the period in which Cabinet Office papers were considered confidential from 30 years to 20 years.  It therefore included an appropriate amendment to the Public Records Act 1958 in the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010.  This was one of the last policies

Reform of the EU Merger Regulation – minority shareholdings and streamlining of the referral system

On 20 June 2013, the European Commission published a consultation paper which invites comments on a number of options for reform of the EU Merger Regulation, which includes expanding the scope of its powers to review the acquisition of non-controlling minority shareholdings (structural links) and to streamline the case referral system between the Commission and

Dutch Sunshine Act: Financial relations between pharmaceutical companies and healthcare professionals will be made public in the Netherlands in April

As of 10 April 2013, the transparency register regarding financial relations between pharmaceutical companies and healthcare professionals in the Netherlands will go live.  Through the register, anybody from patients and journalists to competitors will be able to search per healthcare professional or per organization of healthcare professionals for financial relations with pharmaceutical industry.  The self-regulatory

California AG Sends Enforcement Letter to Developers of Popular Mobile Apps

On Tuesday, October 30, the Office of California Attorney General Kamala Harris issued a press release confirming that it had begun “formally notifying” mobile device application (“app”) operators that they are out of compliance with the notice provisions of the California Online Privacy Protection Act of 2003 (“CalOPPA”).  Those companies — many of which are major marketers — now

NTIA to Focus on Mobile App Transparency in First Privacy Multistakeholder Meeting

The National Telecommunications & Information Administration(NTIA) has announced that it will hold the first meeting in its long-awaited privacy  multistakeholder process on July 12, 2012.  According to NTIA, the goal will be “to develop a code of conduct to provide transparency in how companies providing applications and interactive services for mobile devices handle personal data.” For our analysis and summary of