UK Government note clarifies “no deal” and data protection

The UK Government has published a “no deal” note to clarify how data protection law will work in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal. The note confirms that separate draft regulations and more detailed guidance will be published in the next few weeks but, in the meantime, it clarifies at … 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 in September 2016, with the aim of improving internet connectivity across the EU. The proposals … Read more

Updates to AVMS Directive enter into force

As part of its Digital Single Market Strategy and following extensive consultation in 2015, in May 2016 the European Commission adopted new legislative amendments to the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (“AVMSD“). The proposals seek to modernise the Directive to reflect “market, consumption and technological changes”, largely arising from convergence between television and internet services and … 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 different Member States on equal terms to nationals of that Member State. Businesses selling online … Read more

EDPB finally issues draft guidelines on GDPR extra-territoriality

On 23 November 2018, the European Data Protection Board (the “EDPB“) published its draft guidelines on Article 3 of the GDPR, being the provision that sets out the territorial scope of Europe’s data protection legislation. The guidelines are only in draft form and subject to consultation but they do go some way to clarifying key … Read more

Treasury Committee inquiry: IT failures in the financial services sector

The House of Commons Treasury Committee has launched an inquiry into IT failures in the financial services sector. The inquiry will focus on the causes and consequences of operational incidents in the financial services sector and will examine the work being undertaken by industry and regulators to promote operational resilience. The Committee has also published … Read more

The EU Blockchain Industry Roundtable

The EU Commission has published a news release on the EU Blockchain’s Industry Roundtable held on 20 November 2018. The roundtable was an important step towards creating a European community to support the deployment of blockchain in the European Union. The EU Commission welcomed the announcement of the establishment of the “International Association for Trusted … Read more