Skype declared to be a “telecoms operator” in EU court case

In a decision handed down by the European Court of Justice on Wednesday 5 June, Microsoft’s Skype Service was declared to be a “telecoms operator” and therefore subject to EU telecoms regulations. In C-142/18 Skype Communications Sarl v IBPT, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) sided with the Belgian communications regulator, the Belgian Institute of…

GDPR at one year: Lessons learned for American Companies

The European Union’s landmark data privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect one year ago. By now, the implications for European residents and companies are fairly well known. Many of us will have received updated privacy policies in our email inboxes, or become increasingly aware of headline-grabbing stories on mass data…

German antitrust authorities restrict Facebook data use

The Bundeskartellamt, Germany’s antitrust authority, has issued a ruling which requires Facebook to obtain user consent before it can continue to gather so much data about users from beyond the Facebook app and website. In a press release, the regulator explained that under Facebook’s current terms and conditions, users can only use the social network…

Draft of the Mobile Roaming (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 published

A draft of the Mobile Roaming (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 were published (having been laid before Parliament) on 5 February 2019. Accompanying the draft legislation was an explanatory memorandum provided by the UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. These updated regulations aim to ensure that adequate legislation continues to operate effectively after the…

The Privacy Shield after Brexit: The US Commerce Department and the Information Commissioner’s Office Publish Guidance

The EU-US Privacy Shield after Brexit: The US Commerce Department and the Information Commissioner’s Office Publish Guidance After Brexit, can companies rely on the Privacy Shield Framework to receive personal data from the United Kingdom? This question has been answered on the Department of Commerce new website page, entitled Privacy Shield and the UK FAQs.…

EU Net Neutrality Court Decision on Deutsche Telekom’s Zero-Rated StreamOn

On 20 November the Administrative Court in Köln upheld an earlier 2017 decision by the Bundesnetzagentur (the Federal Network Agency) that Deutsche Telekom’s zero-rated “StreamOn” offer violated net neutrality regulations. As Preiskel & Co Senior Partner and telecoms law expert Daniel Preiskel explained, “we found the court decision interesting and worth noting, especially as the…

Daniel Preiskel, Ronnie Preiskel and Tim Cowen recognised in The Best Lawyers® United Kingdom 2018

Preiskel & Co congratulate Partners Daniel Preiskel, Ronnie Preiskel and Tim Cowen for their inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers ® in the United Kingdom. Daniel was selected for his leading expertise in Media and Entertainment Law, and Ronnie was selected for his considerable experience in Administrative & Public Law. Tim was chosen for his outstanding work in Competition…

Daniel Preiskel gives presentation at Lexing® conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law

Partner Daniel Preiskel (pictured, standing) has delivered a presentation, in French, on Connected and Autonomous Vehicles at  Artificial Intelligence and Law, hosted by the Lexing® Network in Paris. The conference was devoted to exploring various themes and challenges associated with AI, including data protection, health and genetics industries, autonomous vehicles and smart cities. For more information on…

Tim Cowen to speak at Digital Policy Alliance event on “Barriers To Making Cities Smart”

Partner Tim Cowen is pleased to be speaking at the upcoming Smart Society Working Group on 5 June 2018. The event is hosted by the Digital Policy Alliance in connection with the Intelligent Community Forum 2018 Global Summit. Tim will discuss “The Barriers to making a City Smart” and will address various government and industry barriers which stand…