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Digital, TMT and Data Privacy

The rapid development of digital technology in the 21st century has had a significant impact on human life in that it has changed the traditional ways of communication and drastically transformed the means in which people absorb information and access news and audio-visual contents. These changes present great challenges for the telecommunications and broadcasting industries, which traditionally divide their business activities and ensure their legal compliance based on the type of transmission technology. Social media platforms are gradually replacing traditional media outlets and becoming an important channel for people to obtain and disseminate information.

Meanwhile, the "blockchain boom" is also gradually changing the way in which people view payment tools and identify investment opportunities. The rise of artificial intelligence and the advancement in surveillance technology have led to the use of digital tools for law enforcement in countries around the world. The Covid-19 pandemic has prompted countries around the world to accelerate their digital transformation, from employer-employee to doctor-patient relationships, all of which are closely related to the development of digital technology. While digital technology is impacting the traditional way of living and the development of industries, how the laws respond to such trend has become an important legal issue in every jurisdiction around the world.

Since the General Data Protection Rules (GDPR) came into effect in May 2018, it has brought global attention to personal data and privacy protection, and all industries are paying more attention to the protection of personal data. The Taiwan government has also declared its determination to enhance personal data protection and initiate a new wave of personal data law amendments. In response to such trend, Lee and Li's Personal Data Protection Practice Group has been expanding the scope of its privacy-related services since its establishment in 2012; for instance, services relating to information security are now being offered and constantly enhanced.

In response to the trend of digitalization, the Taiwan government plans to establish the Ministry of Digital Development in 2021 to promote the development of Taiwan's digital industry. In 2021, Lee and Li will also integrate the Telecommunications and Broadcasting Practice Group and the Personal Data Protection Practice Group to launch a new Digital, Technology, Media, and Telecom (TMT) and Data Privacy Practice Group. Building on Lee and Li's strong practice in the field of traditional telecommunications and broadcasting, as well as its experience in serving the internet industry since 1999, the Digital, TMT and Data Privacy Practice Group will provide a full range of legal services specifically for the digital industry.

This Digital, TMT and Data Privacy Practice Group will cover telecommunications (fixed-line, mobile, submarine cable, satellite), broadcasting (wireless TV, cable TV, satellite TV), internet, domain names, IP addresses, e-commerce, digital government, e-signature, e-payment, online content, OTT, sharing economy, fin-tech, blockchain, platform economy, network governance, artificial intelligence, smart healthcare, technology-assisted investigation, technology-assisted enforcement, information security, digital property rights (such as copyright), personal data protection, privacy protection, big data, online advertising, online marketing, data governance, data rights, and so on, and also provide related services for mergers and acquisitions as well as litigation and dispute resolution in the relevant industries.

In the area of personal data and privacy protection, the Digital, TMT and Data Privacy Practice Group will also provide a full range of services to the digital industry and other fields, such as the insurance industry, medical industry, biotechnology industry, traditional manufacturing industries and retail industry. Its services will include consultation on legal issues, legal compliance checks and examinations, personal data review of new business models, collection, processing and use of employee personal data, promotion of marketing plans, development of personal data security maintenance plans, planning and handling of personal data in mergers and acquisitions, notification and handling of data security incidents, litigation and dispute resolution.