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

    Who is liable when a connected and autonomous vehicle crashes?

    In March 2018, a pedestrian in Arizona was struck by a self-driving Uber vehicle during a vehicle test. An Arizona prosecutor recently found Uber not criminally liable for the incident, though little detail was given for the decision (see our blog post, here). Once CAVs are on the roads and self-driving, liability is expected to … Read more

    EU Council rejects European Commission’s Wi-Fi plans for connected and autonomous vehicles

    In the latest development in the EU’s long-running debate on the preferred communication technology standard for connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs), the Council of the EU has rejected the Commission’s proposed legislation favouring Wi-Fi technology (the “Regulation“). Twenty one (of twenty eight) Member States voted against the Regulation; a result seen as victory for proponents … Read more

    Storming the Breaches: DCMS releases Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2019

    Cyber-attacks are a continuous threat to both businesses and charities. From the Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2019 (available here as a PDF), we can see that fewer businesses are identifying breaches than in previous years, but the ones that are identifying breaches are typically experiencing more of them. Approximately 32% of businesses and 22% of … Read more