Clarification on the status of the EU-US Privacy Shield on a no deal Brexit

The UK Government has published a new data-related Brexit statutory instrument clarifying the position with respect to transfers of personal data to the US in reliance on the EU-US Privacy Shield (the “Privacy Shield“) and in a no-deal Brexit scenario.

Transfers to the US under the Privacy Shield are currently made pursuant to a special category of adequacy decision based on a specific arrangement put in place between the US and EU authorities. However, advice and guidance on how such arrangements could continue to work in a no-deal Brexit scenario had differed. Continue reading

EC to harmonise radio frequencies for development of 5G

At the European level, on 24 January 2019 the European Commission announced the adoption of an amendment to Decision 2008/411/EC that will harmonise the radio spectrum in the 3.4-3.8 GHz. As the 3.6 GHz band has been identified as the primary band for 5G in the EU, the amendment has updated the technical conditions of this band of spectrum to better enable 5G. It is intended that this will better encourage the adoption of 5G services across the EU and is necessary to enable the roll-out of 5G technologies by the end of 2020, as required by the new EU Electronic Communications Code. Continue reading

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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UK government publishes 5G strategy

On 8 March 2017, in a speech forming part of the Spring Budget 2017, Philip Hammond, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, confirmed that the UK government will invest over £1 billion in the country’s digital infrastructure, targeted at supporting roll-out of full-fibre connections and future 5G communications – with £740 million being invested through the National Productivity Investment Fund.

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