The New Electronic Communications Code – Promoting Investment in Telecommunications Infrastructure

The new Electronic Communications Code is due to come into force in late Autumn 2017. The New Code, when in force, will bring important changes relating to rent and private landlord’s rights. In theory, life for electronic communications providers who construct networks should be better and more certain than under the Old Code. This is…

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Google facing fines, non-discrimination obligations, and more?

Preiskel & Co’s Tim Cowen has been quoted by various media sources, including Bloomberg, discussing the impact of an EU fine and potential non-discrimination obligation before the Commission’s announcement on Tuesday. As predicted, the EU has issued Google with a record fine of €2.42 billion. However, with a reported $92 billion “cash hoard”, Google may be…

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Daniel Preiskel’s latest post for the MEF blog on GDPR

Danny Preiskel’s latest article for the Mobile Ecosystem Forum (MEF) blog “Embracing Consumer Trust and GDPR” was published yesterday. The post contains Danny’s views on the importance of the forthcoming GDPR and shares details of the GDPR conference to be held in Milan on June 15th, put together by Preiskel & Co and other Lexing Network specialised tech…

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Margrethe Vestager’s speech on Competition Policy for the Technology Sector

On 16th March 2017 EU Commissioner for Competition, Margrethe Vestager made an important speech concerning competition policy for the technology sector. She spoke about the way that computer algorithms are being used in ways that could facilitate breach of the law.  Her comments covered issues arising from the Google investigation, concerns raised about social media and,…

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The European Commission proposes new rules on e-privacy and data protection for EU institutions

On 10 January 2017 the European Commission has adopted a Proposal for a Regulation concerning the respect for private life and the protection of personal data in electronic communications (“the draft e-Privacy Regulation” or “the Proposal”) which will repeal the Directive 2002/58/EC on privacy and electronic communications (the “e-Privacy Directive”). The draft e-Privacy Regulation provides…

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Thinking and writing and advising about Brexit

As well as being a senior consultant here at Preiskel, I am a writer and journalist about law and policy matters.  Since June I have been writing a lot about Brexit. Brexit is, for me, fascinating.  There is complexity, as it brings together policy and law, trade and economics, and political and constitutional issues.  And…

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Google sanctioned in Italy for abuse of economic dependence

On 5 May 2016 the Court of Milan condemned Google to pay EUR 503.400,95 plus interests for late payment for lack of fairness and abuse of economic dependence in the context of the early termination of a contract entered into with the advertising and search engine operator Attrakt. The Italian court also condemned Google to…

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