On 16 July 2020, the European Court of Justice issued its ruling in Case C-311/18 (“the Schrems II case”), which concerned Facebook’s transfer of personal data from servers in Ireland to servers in the USA.
The corona virus, Covid-19, has been classified as a public health hazard and everyone has a responsibility to prevent the spread of infection. This responsibility lies primarily with the Public Health Agency in Sweden and anyone who is, or suspects to be, infected. In order to limit the spread of the corona virus, the Public Health Agency in Sweden has the right to, among other things, block off a building and it cannot be ruled out that new legislation will be adopted which may affect a landlord's ability to provide premises to tenants. Should such a shutdown occur, or other government measures be taken as a result of new legislation, questions arise on how this would affect commercial lease agreements within the affected buildings. In addition, questions may also arise as to whether landlords may close a building, or tenants demand changed lease conditions, due to the consequences of Covid-19.
In connection with the spread of the corona virus (COVID-19), many employers have communicated internal guidelines on how employees should act in relation to customers, suppliers and visitors. Many employers have also imposed restrictions on business and private travels, imposed quarantine or encouraged employees to work from home. In these situations, certain data protection related issues arise, especially related to the potential processing of personal data regarding health, for which there are specific restrictions in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Please see below some issues to consider.
Covid-19 affects people and businesses globally and may impact the ability to fulfil various contractual obligations. The situation is rapidly changing, and it is important to be prepared and flexible.