UK may be a nation of streamers but public service broadcasting remains essential!

Earlier this week, the UK’s House of Lords Communications and Digital Committee published its report titled “Public Service Broadcasting: As Vital As Ever“, following its consultation on the impact of Subscription Video-On-Demand (SVOD) services on the UK’s public service broadcasters (PSBs) such as the BBC, Channel 3, Channel 4 and Channel 5.   Amongst other aspects, … Read more

The Encryption debate is far from ‘going dark’

Shortly after the release of the communiqué from the most recent ministerial meetings of the ‘Five Countries’ security alliance — Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the US — at the end of July, we warned that the issue of the use of, and access to, encrypted services and technologies ‘remains front of mind for … Read more

Brexit planning full steam ahead? Spotlight on telecoms and media

As the 31 October 2019 deadline for the UK to leave the EU draws ever closer, uncertainty continues to remain as to whether any such departure will be accompanied by a “deal” (i.e. a version of the Withdrawal Agreement setting out arrangements for the UK’s withdrawal) or “no-deal”. Or indeed whether the October exit date … Read more

UK Government issues call for Views on post-Brexit Cyber Security Certification

Last week, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport issued a Call for Views on the certification scheme currently anticipated by Regulation (EU) 2019/881 (the Cybersecurity Act) after Brexit. The closing date for responses has been extended to 15 October 2019. In the issued document, the UK Government proposes to maintain “a close relationship with the EU … Read more

China’s first regulation on children’s online privacy

The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) has, for the first time, issued legislation dedicated to protecting child privacy online. The Regulation on Protection of Children’s Personal Information Online is due to take effect on 1 October 2019. Read more

‘MEGA-FINES’ AND COMPENSATION – HOW MIGHT COMPANIES BE AFFECTED? DEVELOPMENTS IN DATA PROTECTION LAW SEPTEMBER 2019

In this update, we provide you with a brief summary of two recent developments in relation to sanctions imposed under the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). Firstly, the Berlin Data Protection Authority (“Berlin DPA”) recently announced its willingness to impose multimillion-euro fines for breaches of the GDPR. This shows that also in Germany significant fines … Read more

Challenges for the Consumer sector – Transformative Technology

HSF’s Consumer sector team (including Hayley Brady and James Balfour from our Digital TMT and Sourcing group, alongside members of our IP group) have recently produced a feature article in PLC Magazine on Challenges in the Consumer Sector. This is the first in a series of three articles examining the current issues facing the sector. … Read more

DCMS Consults on Implementing New Rules for VSPs

As outlined in our blog post on the implementation of the AVMS directive, legislative amendments to the AVMSD were published in the EU Official Journal and entered into force on 19 December 2018 following lengthy negotiations. The reform seeks to modernise the AVMSD to reflect market consumption and technological changes, largely arising from the merging … Read more