Japan Adequacy Decision Adopted by the EU Commission

On 23 January 2019, the EU Commission adopted a decision confirming the adequacy of Japanese data protection laws for the purpose of transferring personal data from the EU to Japan in compliance with the international data transfer restrictions set out… Read more

Digital TMT and Sourcing Predictions 2019

  2018 was a landmark year for digital TMT and sourcing. Against the backdrop of the UK's impending departure from the EU, there were a wealth of highlights as regulation moved further towards greater harmonisation at the European level; the… Read more

Data Protection Predictions 2019

2018 was a landmark year for data protection and privacy; the EU General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR") came into effect on 25 May 2018 and implemented a comprehensive reform of the EU data protection regime. So what could 2019 possibly have in store for… Read more

Reform of Telecommunications Framework

In May 2015, as part of its Digital Single Market Strategy, the European Commission published proposals to reform the EU telecommunications regulatory framework. Following a series of consultations in 2015, the Commission published further proposals to reform the EU legislation… Read more

No more unjustified geo-blocking in the EU

The EU geo-blocking Regulation (Regulation 2018/302 of 28 February 2018) (the Regulation) comes into force on 3 December 2018. The Regulation aims to remove barriers to cross-border trade and enable consumers to purchase goods and services from businesses located in… Read more

Fintechs: the golden ticket to innovation?

If the level of capital flowing into the financial technology sector is any indication, the growth in number and size of financial technology start-ups cannot be denied. According to a report by KPMG, global investment in fintech companies reached US… Read more

Brexit Withdrawal Agreement: Impact for data protection

Following a UK Cabinet meeting on 14 November 2018, the UK Government has announced support for the text of a draft Withdrawal Agreement and an outline of the Political Declaration on the Future Relationship agreed with EU negotiators. The Withdrawal… Read more

Budget 2018: Investing in a rapidly evolving digital landscape

Advances in technology and changing business models are transforming the global economy across all industry sectors. The measures announced by the Chancellor in Monday's Budget Speech showcase how the UK Government is seeking to embrace innovation and new and emerging… Read more

Green light for new automated and electric vehicles act

On 19 July 2018, the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill received Royal Assent and became an Act of Parliament. The new Automated and Electric Vehicles Act represents the first legislative step towards the UK Government's aim of establishing the UK… Read more

Fintech focuses regulatory thinking: A round up of recent activity

The proliferation of Fintech comes at a time when international regulators are significantly increasing their oversight of the financial services sector. As such, the most appropriate way to approach Fintech continues to preoccupy international and regional standard setters. Whilst recent… Read more

Three fined by Ofcom for failure of emergency communications

On 16 June 2017 Ofcom issued mobile network operator Three with a £1,890,000 fine, following an investigation into breach of one of Ofcom's General Conditions of Entitlement that communications providers have to comply with in the UK (General Condition  3.1(c)). The rule is designed to ensure… Read more

MVNOs: Negotiating an optimum wholesale agreement

In March this year UK MVNO Sky launched its consumer mobile handset offering dubbed 'Swap'. This followed hot on the heels of Sky launching its MVNO in partnership with Telefónica UK (O2) in December 2016 as a SIM only proposition… Read more

Openreach to legally separate from BT

The largest reform in Openreach's history has been confirmed, after BT agreed to Ofcom's requirements for Openreach to become a legally separate company within the BT Group. ... Read more

Big Data Regulation: Coming soon to a business like yours?

The Financial Times recently referred to Big Data as "a vague term for a massive phenomenon that has rapidly become an obsession with entrepreneurs, scientists, governments and the media". And it does seem to appear from the headlines that there… Read more