UK: Limits on employers’ ability to monitor private communications

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights’ (ECtHR) ruling in Barbulescu v Romania (61496/08) is a timely reminder of the limits of employers’ ability to monitor their employees’ private activity on work IT systems. The case concerned an employee’s personal use of a Yahoo Messenger account set up at the employer’s request … Read more

UK Government Position Paper on International Transfers of Data – Key Points

The post below was first published on our Employment blog Last week the UK Government released its negotiating position paper on international transfers of personal data within the EEA (The Exchange and Protection of Personal Data). Once the UK leaves the EEA it will no longer be subject to the General Data Protection Regulation (the … Read more

Ofcom reports on ISP compliance with the EU net neutrality regulation and the FCC suggest amendments to the 2015 Order in the US

Ofcom has recently published its annual report monitoring internet service providers’ (“ISP“) compliance with the EU Net Neutrality Regulation (the “Regulation“). The Regulation came into effect on 30 April 2016 and imposes a range of obligations on ISPs including the way in which they manage data traffic on their networks and the terms and conditions … Read more

EU – US Privacy Shield adequacy decision incorporated into the EEA Agreement

On 12 July 2016 the European Commission adopted an “adequacy decision” allowing for the transatlantic transfer of personal data from the EU to the US in accordance with the framework and principles of the EU-US Privacy Shield (the “Privacy Shield”). This new framework was established following the previous transfer mechanism, the US Safe Harbour, being … Read more

New content portability rules published in the EU Official Journal

On 30 June 2017, the new regulation on cross-border content portability was published in the EU Official Journal. Under the Regulation EU citizens will be able to make full use of their paid online content services (across film, sport, television, music, e-books and gaming) wherever they are in the EU. This follows an informal agreement … Read more

End of retail roaming charges in the EU

15 June 2017 marked the end of retail roaming charges across the EEA. The European Commission’s 2015 regulation on roaming and net neutrality (the “Roaming Regulation“) set out a new retail pricing regime for regulating roaming services with the objective of ending retail roaming charges by that date – this now allows users to use … Read more

European Commission publishes new version of open source licence

The European Commission has released a new version of the European Union Public Licence (“EUPL“), a tool for publishing any copyright work under an open source licence. The EUPL is an open source licence created by the European Commission and is available in 23 languages across the EU. It complies with the copyright legislation of … Read more

Council of the EU’s position on new rules for supply of digital content

On 8 June 2017, the Council of the EU adopted its position on a proposed directive setting out new rules for business-to-consumer contracts for the supply of digital content and digital services. This follows the European Commission’s proposal for the directive in December 2015, along with other proposals regarding the Digital Single Market. Read more

Council of the EU publishes Progress Report on draft EU ePrivacy Regulation

Last month the Council of the European Union published its progress report on the first draft of the ePrivacy Regulation (the “Draft Regulation”). The Draft Regulation was issued by the EC in January of this year and focuses on the processing of personal data and protection of privacy in electronic communications.  Read more