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Brazil: Rio de Janeiro Regulates Ridesharing Services in the City

(May 30, 2018) On April 11, 2018, the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, issued Decree No. 44399, regulating the use of the municipality’s road system for the economic operation by private individuals of paid-passenger transportation services (like Uber and Lyft) intermediated by digital platforms managed by transport companies (known as Provedoras de Redes de […]

European Union: Regulation on Cross-border Portability of Online Content Services in Effect

(Apr. 10, 2018) On April 1, 2018, the Regulation on Cross-border Portability of Online Content Services (Portability Regulation) became applicable across the European Union (EU). The Portability Regulation aims to accomplish seamless access for consumers throughout the EU to online content services, such as Netflix or Spotify, which they subscribe to in their home Member […]

Iran: Cabinet Abandons Directive on Scrapping Old Cars to Reduce Air Pollution

(Dec. 5, 2017) Pressure from Iran’s automakers and the country’s Ministry of Industry, Mines and Trade has led to the cancellation by the Council of Ministers (Cabinet) of a recently adopted directive aimed at combating the high levels of air pollution in Iran’s big cities, 80% of which comes from automotive sources. (Ameer Hossein Askarian, […]

France: Advocacy Group Files Criminal Complaint Against Alleged Planned Obsolescence Practices

(Nov. 1, 2017) An advocacy group in France has filed a criminal complaint against several manufacturers of computer printers, including Epson, HP, and Canon, for selling products allegedly designed with a planned obsolescence. (Isabelle de Foucaud, Obsolescence programmée: une plainte déposée contre des fabricants d’imprimantes [Planned Obsolescence: Lawsuit Filed Against Printer Manufacturers], LE FIGARO (Sept. […]

Iran: New Law Poses Health and Financial Problems for Thalassemia Sufferers

(Sept. 27, 2017) A recent Iranian law that in effect removes all foreign medications from the list of drugs covered by insurance organizations reportedly endangers the health of a large percentage of the country’s thalassemia patients and subjects them to heavy financial burdens.  (Law Creating Hurdles for Thalassemia Patients, FINANCIAL TRIBUNE (July 26, 2017).)  The […]

Macau: ID Card Scan and Facial Recognition Required for Mainland Bank Card Holders Using ATMs

(May 11, 2017) On May 7, 2017, the Government of the Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China announced that “know your customer” (KYC) technology will be installed in automated teller machines (ATMs) in the city, in particular those in and near casinos.  Holders of UnionPay cards issued by mainland China […]

Japan: Merchants to Be Required to Have IC Chip Readers for Credit Cards

(Jan. 18, 2017) An amendment to Japan’s Installment Sales Act (Act No. 159 of 1961) was promulgated on December 9, 2016. (Act to Amend the Installment Sales Act, Act No. 99 of 2016, KANPO Extra Edition No. 273 (Dec. 9, 2016), at 3, KANPO website (in Japanese).)  The amendment aims to enhance credit card security. […]

Japan: Act on Specified Commercial Transactions Amended

(Aug. 29, 2016) An amendment to Japan’s Act on Specified Commercial Transactions (No. 57 of June 4, 1976, Japanese Law Translation) was promulgated on June 3, 2016.  (Act No. 60 of 2016, KANPO (June 3, 2016) (in Japanese).)  Most of the amended provisions will become effective within 18 months of the promulgation date.  (Id., Supp. […]

Israel: Mandatory Period for Cancellation of Transactions by Certain Persons

(Aug. 17, 2016) On July 26, 2016, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Consumer Protection (Amendment No. 47) Law 5776-2016. (Amendment No. 47, SEFER HAHUKIM [BOOK OF LAWS, the official gazette, SH] 5756 No. 2569, p. 1094, as amended, available online at RESHUMOT (the official gazette), Ministry of Justice website (search for Issue No. 2569, […]

Indonesia: Jakarta Court Bans Water Privatization

(Mar. 30, 2015) On March 24, 2015, the Central Jakarta District Court ruled that provision of water in the city of Jakarta could not be privatized. The decision came in a case filed by the Coalition of Jakarta Residents Opposing Water Privatization (the Coalition) in March 2013; the Coalition comprised city residents, trade unions, and […]