Formal DCMS response awaited by the end of the year on consultation to implement the Cyber Security Directive in the UK

The public consultation issued by the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport on implementing the EU Network and Information Security Directive (“Cyber Security Directive”) into national legislation closed on 30 September 2017 (the “Consultation”).

The Consultation sets out the UK Government’s planned approach for implementing the Cyber Security Directive, along with a series of questions on a range of detailed policy issues relating to the implementation. It seeks to obtain views from industry, regulators and other interested parties on the proposed plans. The Government is currently analysing feedback and a formal response is expected in December 2017 (within ten weeks of the consultation closing date). The Government has also confirmed its intention for the implementing legislation to continue to apply in the UK post-Brexit (refer to our previous related article for further detail). Continue reading

UK Digital Strategy includes focus on creating “a safe and secure cyberspace”

In March 2017, the Secretary of State for Media, Sport and Culture published its long-awaited strategy for a post-Brexit digital Britain. The UK Digital Strategy aims to support the growth of the UK digital economy. It builds on the framework of the government’s Industrial Strategy green paper published earlier this year – which the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has since warned does not go far enough in discussing the evolutionary implications that Brexit will have on the UK’s industrial strategy. Whilst the impact of the recent General Election is not yet known, the UK Digital Strategy is not seen as particularly controversial and we are likely to expect continuity in respect of the strategy going forward. Continue reading

Secretary of State for Media, Sport and Culture publishes UK Digital Strategy

In March 2017, the Secretary of State for Media, Sport and Culture published its long-awaited strategy for a post-Brexit digital Britain. The UK Digital Strategy aims to support the growth of the UK digital economy. It builds on the framework of the government’s Industrial Strategy green paper published earlier this year – which the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has since warned does not go far enough in discussing the evolutionary implications that Brexit will have on the UK’s industrial strategy. Whilst the impact of the recent General Election is not yet known, the UK Digital Strategy is not seen as particularly controversial and we are likely to expect continuity in respect of the strategy going forward.

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Digital Economy Act 2017: The pick ‘n’ mix assortment of provisions receives Royal Assent

The Digital Economy Act (the “Act“) finally received Royal Assent on 27 April 2017 and the final text has recently been published. First introduced in the House of Commons in July 2016, it has been the subject of much scrutiny and debate by both Houses of Parliament. With the General Election looming, the legislation was passed in a final sweep as part of the so-called “wash up” period before the dissolution of Parliament.

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