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March 20, 2020, Global Data Review

Dan Cooper spoke with Global Data Review about how telecommunications companies are providing data regulators location data to track the effects of social distancing in the wake of coronavirus. Mr. Cooper told GDR that the measures in Europe are “not too much of a concern” from a privacy perspective as the data being used by authorities is anonymized and ...

March 19, 2020, Bloomberg

David Stein spoke with Bloomberg about legislation from Senate Democrats to shield U.S. citizens from negative credit reporting for the duration of the new coronavirus crisis. Three senators are looking to throw out a rule where credit bureaus are required under the Fair Credit Reporting Act to collect negative information. Mr. Stein  says, “To the extent that ...

March 18, 2020, Politico

Scott Danzis is quoted in Politico regarding tracking medical device shortages and whether regulations requiring drug manufacturers to warn the government when a shortage seems likely should be applied to medical devices. Mr. Danzis says, “There's a balance that has to be struck between giving that information to FDA and creating additional reporting ...

March 18, 2020, The Wall Street Journal

David Martin is quoted in The Wall Street Journal regarding companies’ decisions to disclose potential COVID-19 infections of executives. Mr. Martin says that while companies have leeway on executive medical disclosures, they often have a strong incentive to provide timely information. Doing so prevents employees from leaking information and investors from ...

March 17, 2020, Financial Times

Johan Ysewyn is quoted in the Financial Times regarding the potential monetary losses and risk of vanishing mergers during the coronavirus crisis. Mr. Ysewyn says, “Authorities are having a gut reaction in resetting their priorities, but in the meantime businesses are losing money every day the deal doesn’t close, while also dealing with the consequences of the ...

March 16, 2020, The Wall Street Journal

Daniel Luchsinger is quoted in The Wall Street Journal regarding the effects of the Tax Cuts and Job Act on businesses in the wake of coronavirus losses. The article states that the 2017 tax code overhaul is making life harder for U.S. businesses who have suffered losses and are seeking liquidity. Mr. Luchsinger says, “You want some safety valve in the system ...

March 16, 2020, Global Data Review

Trisha Anderson spoke with Global Data Review about Congress’s lapse in renewing the Freedom Act while dealing with COVID-19. Ms. Anderson told GDR if Congress doesn’t renew the business records provision, the FBI will have to operate with pre-Patriot Act surveillance tools. She adds that the FBI would still be able to obtain business records via grand jury ...

March 12, 2020, Bloomberg

René Siemens spoke with Bloomberg about the increase in concert cancellations due to the coronavirus outbreak. He  says artists, promoters and ticket sellers are still assessing the economic costs, including events that have only been postponed, and that cancellations have never happened on this scale before.