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e-commerce: The Commission’s Preliminary Report

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On 15th September, the European Commission published the preliminary report on its e-commerce sector inquiry. The Commission has identified a number of business practices which it believes may restrict competition in online trade for consumer goods and digital content.  It has warned of follow-up investigations and potential enforcement action where it suspects such practices may infringe EU competition rules.

Employment Law in China: A change in approach?

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The employment landscape in China has changed over recent years. China is facing competition from other jurisdictions in terms of providing low cost labour solutions.  China’s ability to offer flexibility for businesses and to be able to adapt efficiently to changing market conditions is increasingly becoming an area of focus. In seeking to address the employer desire for increased flexibility, there have been some important developments to the employment law landscape in China this year that global employers should have on their radar.  This briefing summarises the key changes

Can clinical trial data be adequately anonymised?

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Review of a recent UK Freedom of Information decision about the anonymisation of patient data from clinical trials. In the UK clinical trial data may be disclosable under FOI law if there is a public authority (such as a university or NHS trust) involved. This is a good example of the UK Information Commissioner (supported by the First Tier Tribunal) taking a practical approach to the anonymisation of personal data.