UK government consults on proposals for a new pro-competition regime for digital markets

On 20 July 2021 the government published a consultation on its proposals for a new pro-competition regime for digital markets.  The proposals are based on the recommendations set out in the Furman Review, the CMA’s final report of its market study into online platforms and advertising and the Digital Markets Taskforce report to government published in December 2020.  The Furman review concluded … Read more

Online platforms and digital advertising: UK Government endorses CMA’s recommendations for pro-competitive measures

On 27 November 2020, the UK Government published its response to the CMA’s recommendations set out in its final report of its market study into online platforms and digital advertising (the “Final Report”). The Government broadly endorses the CMA’s recommendations, though it identifies the need for further evidence and analysis before granting the full scope of enforcement and intervention … Read more

What the Federal Budget means for tech

In an exciting Australian Federal Budget anchored around creating more jobs for Australians to boost the post-COVID-19 economic recovery, the Government maintained an eye on its broader mission for Australia to become a leading digital economy by 2030. Read more

New DAT Bill promotes ‘seamless’ services and public sector data sharing

On 13 September 2020, the Australian Government commenced consultation on the exposure draft of the Data Availability and Transparency Bill (the Bill), which is intended to enable greater data-sharing within government and to facilitate ‘seamless’ service delivery to the public. The Bill aims to minimise constraints on the sharing of public sector data between government … 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

‘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

Exploring bias and discrimination in AI

A recent post on the ICO’s AI Auditing Framework blog explores human bias and discrimination in AI systems, together with some of the technical and organisational measures which can be implemented to mitigate the legal risks associated with these issues. Read more