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- COVID-19 Apps and Websites – The “Pan-European Privacy Preserving Proximity Tracing Initiative” and Guidance by Supervisory Authorities
Pan-European Privacy Preserving Proximity Tracing Initiative According to media sources, an EU consortium led by Germany’s Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute for telecoms (HHI) will soon release software code that can be used to create apps that will help track transmission chains of COVID-19. The Pan-European Privacy Preserving Proximity Tracing (“PEPP-PT”) project comprises more than 130...
- Germans think risk of coronavirus transmission by food is low
The probability of coronavirus being transmitted via food is perceived by the public as being low, according to a survey in Germany. Two thirds said the probability of being infected with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) via food was low. More than one in five rated the chance as medium and 12 percent said it was...
- What should German organisations be doing to mitigate the impact of Covid-19?
What should German organisations be doing to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on their business, staff, supply chains, etc Here is an overview of the key legal issues for businesses in Germany to consider, together with some practical steps for businesses to take. Also available in German – click here.
- German DPA Guidance on Employee Data Protection and COVID-19 Issues
The Conference of German Data Protection Authorities recently issued joint recommendations regarding employers’ processing of employee personal data in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update – Legal Issues in Germany
As world leaders respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses around the world have been forced to adapt. Our colleagues in Germany, Dr. Jens Rinze, Martin H. Falke, Dr. Christian Bleschke, Tanja Weber, Dr. Andreas Fillmann, Markus Schmucker, Jörg Staudenmayer, and Siemer Krümpelmann, have prepared a comprehensive overview of the key legal issues for businesses with...
- Cleary Gottlieb – M&A-Telegram Germany Q1/2020
Please click here for the latest edition of the Cleary Gottlieb M&A Telegram for Germany.
- Survey finds low Campylobacter knowledge in Germany
Consumer knowledge in Germany of Toxoplasma was better than that of Campylobacter, according to a recent report on a study. Researchers surveyed 1,008 consumers in August 2017 in Germany via an online panel on Campylobacter, Salmonella and Toxoplasma and transmissibility via meat. The questionnaire had 43 questions in five sections. Consumers were most informed about...
- New insolvency regulation in Germany aimed at supporting businesses in distress
On March 23, 2020, the German Federal Government (Bundesregierung) published a draft bill to mitigate the consequences of the COVID-19 in civil, insolvency and criminal procedural law. From an insolvency perspective, the aim of the proposed amendments is to enable and facilitate the continuation of businesses that have become insolvent or are experiencing economic difficulties...
- German regulator publishes governance guidelines for small insurers
Before the impact of Coronavirus/COVID-19 materialized and lead to a shut down of much of the public life in Germany, on 6 March 2020, the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht, BaFin) published its Circular 01/2020 (VA) on Minimum Requirements under Supervisory Law on the System of Governance of small Insurance Undertakings (Circular)....
- Coronavirus/COVID-19: German regulator grants temporary relief for supervised entities (update)
After having taken initial steps to deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the financial sector in Germany (see the related publication in our blog), the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht – BaFin) has taken further relief measures. In order to give supervised entities a better overview of these measures,...
- EXTREME DIVORCE: HOW TO GET 1/2 OF THE HOUSE
Last week I posted an article on 12 things to think about before you separate. Here’s a “what not to do in a divorce” story. A husband in Germany, who was unable to reach an agreement with his wife as to who was to retain their summer house, got out his ruler, measured the house,......
- Germany Adopts Stricter Data Protection Law – Serious Impact on Business Compliance
On July 3, 2009, the German Federal Parliament passed comprehensive amendments to the Federal Data Protection Act (the “Federal Act”). These amendments also passed the Federal Council on July 10, 2009, and the revised law will enter into force on September 1, 2009. The new amendments cover a range...
- Shockingly, Acupuncture Works Study Proves
Acupuncture patients were given “shocks” in one experiment to prove that acupuncture has a physical, not just psychological effect. The shocks were successful: The experiment, conducted by researchers at the Department of Complementary and Integrative Medicine at University of Duisburg-Essen in...
- Deadly Outbreak in Germany May Be E. coli O104
Press reports from northern Germany say public health authorities there are trying to determine if uncooked vegetables might be the source of an E. coli outbreak that has claimed at least three lives and may have infected 400 or more people, many of them young adult women. According to Dr. Alex...
- Publisher's Platform: Rogues Gallery of Outbreaks
With 1,000 sickened, 300 with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) and 10 deaths, the ongoing E. coli outbreak in Germany (and several other European countries) will be quickly joining the list of the most severe outbreaks in history. Here is a list of investigation reports on significant outbreaks...
- FDA Issues a Statement About the European E. coli O104:H4 Outbreak
Today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a press release about the current E. coli O104 outbreak in Europe. The full text of the press release can be found below. In its statement, FDA noted that although the Robert Koch Institute, the public health agency of Germany, has not yet...
- The German E. coli Outbreak: Now Sprouts?
I haven’t said anything about the E. coli 0104 crisis in Germany up to now because I’ve been waiting for the evidence. Without evidence, the source of the outbreak remains uncertain. Sunday, the minister of agriculture (in Lower Saxony) announced that sprouts are the cause. But are they? What is...
- German E. coli O104:H4 Linked Epidemiologically to Organic Sprouts
AP reports a few moments ago that local German organic vegetable sprouts have been linked epidemiologically to the E. coli O104:H4 outbreak that has killed 30 people and sickened nearly 3,000 – nearly 750 with Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome. Reinhard Burger, president of the Robert Koch Institute,...
- Germany's E. coli Outbreak Most Costly In History
Some estimates are slowly starting to come in for the painful suffering and deaths associated with Europe’s ongoing E. coli O104 outbreak. Until now, the price tags on the deadly outbreak have come from farmers throughout the European Union, who experienced crop losses when they could not sell...
- French E. coli Outbreak Appears Linked to Germany and to British Seeds
According to a press release by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), French authorities have reported 10 cases of patients suffering from bloody diarrhea in the Bordeaux region of the country, five of them diagnosed with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). Preliminary bacteriological tests found ...