Artificial Intelligence in the Public Sector – a new regulatory field?

In our latest Public Law blog post, Andrew Lidbetter, Nusrat Zar, Jasveer Randhawa and Claire Hall discuss the Committee on Standards in Public Life’s recently published report on artificial intelligence and its impact on public standards. They comment on the Committee’s recommendations for the governance and regulation of AI in the public sector, aimed at … Read more

The ICO publishes its Age–Appropriate Design Code of Practice for online services

Following a public consultation on its draft code of practice with parents, children, schools, children’s campaign groups, developers, tech and gaming companies and online service providers which closed on 31 May 2019, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) submitted its Age-Appropriate Design Code of Practice on 12 November 2019 but due to restrictions in the pre-election … Read more

Ofcom launch first combined Wholesale Fixed Telecoms Market Review

On 8 January, the national communications regulator Ofcom published its first combined review of the residential and business connectivity markets; the Wholesale Fixed Telecoms Market Review (FTMR).  Previously, the Business Connectivity Market Review was published separately from the residential Wholesale Local Access Market Review. The FTMR now covers a longer, 5 year period. Read more

UKJT Legal Statement on Cryptoassets and Smart Contracts aims to give market confidence that England & Wales is a crypto-friendly jurisdiction

The UK Jurisdictional Taskforce (UKJT) published a Legal Statement on 18 November 2019 concluding that there is no bar under English law for cryptoassets to have the legal status of property and for smart contracts to be legally binding. The UKJT is one of 6 taskforces under the Law Tech Delivery Panel (LTDP), a government–backed … Read more

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