CMA publishes Issues Statement in Liberty Global/Telefónica merger inquiry

On 21 January 2021, the CMA published its Issues Statement in the phase 2 review of a proposed joint venture between Liberty Global plc and Telefónica S.A. which would see their UK mobile businesses Virgin Media/Virgin Mobile and O2 merged. The CMA has jurisdiction to review the proposed joint venture following the European Commission’s decision…

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Epic Games, creator of Fortnite, launches claims against Google and Apple in Competition Appeal Tribunal

Having launched a claim against Apple in the US in August 2020, Epic Games, creator of gaming hit Fortnite, has now launched competition claims against both Google and Apple in the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal (“CAT”). Both claims are claims for damages for breach of competition law, brought under section 47A of the Competition Act…

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European Commission proposal for Digital Services Act published

The European Commission has today published its proposal for a Digital Services Act, aimed at regulating gatekeeper tech platforms. If implemented, the law will impose a range of obligations on “gatekeepers”. For example, the proposal includes the imposition of rules requiring online platforms to ensure that hate speech and other illegal content does not appear…

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New Telecoms Security Law Laid before Parliament for tougher Rules and Fines for Telecoms Companies

A new piece of legislation has been put forward in Parliament that sets out new legal duties on telecoms firms with the goal of increasing the security of the entire UK network. The Telecommunications (Security) Bill will give new powers to the government to remove high-risk vendors and increases Ofcom’s responsibilities in monitoring telecoms operator’s…

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Inherited GDPR breach still leads to a record fine for Marriott

A mere two weeks from the record-breaking British Airways information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) £20million fine, Marriott has been handed the second highest General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) penalty at £18million. A striking similarity between the two fines is the steep discount from the original figure (£99.2million) from the ICO’s intention to fine notice dated from…

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