AVMS Directive: To implement or not to implement? That is the question

There is no doubt that the likelihood of a “no-deal” Brexit continues to grow. Against this backdrop, the UK Government has issued a Consultation Document setting out its proposed approach to implementing legislative amendments to the EU’s Audiovisual Media Services Directive (“AVMSD“) into domestic law to modernise the framework for a digital age. Despite the … Read more

Probing the Rules on Automated Decision Making

The Privacy and Data Protection Journal has published an article by Duc Tran, Senior Associate from our Digital TMT, Sourcing & Data Team, exploring automated decision making under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). In recent times, forward-thinking organisations have sought to automate and optimise the effectiveness and efficiency of their operations and decision making … Read more

ECJ rules VoIP service is an “electronic communications service”

On 5 June 2019 the European Court of Justice (ECJ) clarified that a voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) service is an “electronic communications service” (ECS) for the purpose of the Framework Directive (2002/21/EC) and is therefore subject to the applicable regulatory framework. In light of rapid technological change and continued convergence across the TMT sector, the case … Read more

Retail bank fined £1.89m by FCA and PRA for outsourcing failings

Overview The FCA and PRA have announced their second enforcement action in relation to outsourcing failures by the retail bank R. Raphael & Sons plc (“Raphaels“). The firm failed to manage its outsourcing arrangements properly, in breach of FCA Principles 2 and 3, the applicable provisions of Chapter 8 of the FCA’s Senior Management Arrangements, … Read more

EU Copyright Directive published in the EU Official Journal

The Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market (the "Directive") has been published in the EU Official Journal and enters into force on 7 June 2019. Member States then have 24 months, until 7 June 2021, to transpose the Directive into national laws. Read more

Punching above its weight: Tech Nation report highlights strength of UK Tech on the global stage

On 14 May 2019, Tech Nation published its Annual Tech National Report, setting out the 'state of the nation on tech'. The report makes it clear that the UK is a 'critical hub' in the global technology ecosystem and a strong economic performer. In particular, the report provides a number of key statistics on the UK tech sector and offers a number of recommendations on how the UK can continue to operate as a global hub for tech entrepreneurs. Read more