The Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act: A new era for online regulation within Europe

The first draft of the long-awaited Digital Services Act (“DSA”) and Digital Markets Act (“DMA”) legislative package was published today by the European Commission. As expected, it raises the bar for digital service providers and introduces significant fines for non-compliance, pushing a greater onus onto the major tech companies to take responsibility for their role … Read more

Australia: Disrupting the surveillance regulatory landscape: More reforms on the horizon

By Julian Lincoln, Anna Jaffe, Siobhan Lane, Elliott Mann and Emily La The Australian Federal Parliament’s final sitting fortnight for the year has been exceptionally busy for technology regulation. Amongst the flurry accompanying the introduction of the news media bargaining code and the final Data Availability and Transparency Bill into Parliament, two other key developments … Read more

Online platforms and digital advertising: UK Government endorses CMA’s recommendations for pro-competitive measures

On 27 November 2020, the UK Government published its response to the CMA’s recommendations set out in its final report of its market study into online platforms and digital advertising (the “Final Report”). The Government broadly endorses the CMA’s recommendations, though it identifies the need for further evidence and analysis before granting the full scope of enforcement and intervention … Read more

The Rise of Influencer Marketing: Lunch, listen and question

The rise and convergence of social media, short form content and e-commerce has fuelled a boom in influencer marketing both in a B2C and B2B context. This has made it possible for brands to target their products and advertisements to specific consumers or businesses and consumer or business segments in a way that is more … Read more

UK Telecoms (Security) Bill: Stronger cyber security controls for the UK telecoms sector with a sting in their tail

Today the UK government introduced the Telecommunications (Security) Bill (the “Bill”) to Parliament, to more heavily regulate the UK telecoms sector and improve cyber security risk management, policy and enforcement. With significant sanctions for non-compliance, this “ground breaking” Bill is expected to provide the UK with “one of the toughest telecoms security regimes in the … Read more

National Security and Investment Bill: A new dawn for review of foreign investment in the tech and comms sectors in the UK

Yesterday the UK Government introduced the National Security and Investment Bill (the Bill) to Parliament, setting out significant legislative reforms which will overhaul the review of transactions on national security grounds in the UK, against a backdrop of tightening of foreign direct investment (FDI) regimes globally. If passed, the Bill will introduce for the first … Read more

The European Parliament adopts two legislative initiatives setting out its stance on the Digital Service Act

On 20 October 2020, the European Parliament set out its stance in relation to the upcoming Digital Service Act  (“DSA”), with Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) overwhelmingly approving two legislative initiative reports: one relating to improving the functioning of the single market and the other on adapting commercial and civil laws for commercial entities … Read more