The European Commission has published its final report on standards terms and performance criteria in service level agreements for cloud computing services

The European Commission has published its final report on standards terms and performance criteria in service level agreements for cloud computing services. The study was carried out by time.lex and Spark from January 2013 to June 2015. The study aimed to identify the rules governing Service Level Agreements (“SLAs”) in different Member States and to…

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Advocate General’s opinion on personal data transfers under the EU/US Safe Harbour scheme

The European Commission’s Decision 2000/520/EC of 26 July 2000 (the “Decision”) holds that personal data transferred from the EU to the US under the EU/US Safe Harbour scheme is adequately protected. On 23 September 2015, the Advocate General (the “AG”) advised the European Court of Justice (the “ECJ”) to decide for the invalidity of the…

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European Commission continues to focus on payment network competition law issues

On 9 July, the European Commission sent MasterCard a Statement of Objections in relation to (i) cross-border acquiring restrictions impeding cross-border payment acquisition, and (ii) inter-regional fees charged when cards from outside the EU are used within the EU. The case fits into a wider pattern of EU competition law enforcement, and indeed competition enforcement…

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Ofcom has launched second phase of its strategic review of digital communications

Ofcom has announced the second phase of its strategic review of digital communications. The review was launched in March to examine competition, investment, innovation and the availability of all digital communications services. Ofcom expects to receive some guidance on future regulatory approaches for the next 10 years, including to address challenges such as the future…

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Commissioner Vestager sets out priorities for the Competition Commission

Today Commissioner Vestager has been questioned by the Committee on Economic Affairs on the current position of the EU Commission on competition matters. She has outlined what her priorities were and then has been questioned by a few people on specific topics. Commissioner Vestager’s priorities are the following: DSM Google (android & advertising) Amazon (distribution agreements…

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Mexican Telecoms Regulator (IFT) publishes the MVNO licence guidelines for public consultation.

Yesterday (15 July) the Mexican Telecoms Regulator (IFT) published the MVNO licence guidelines for public consultation. http://www.ift.org.mx/industria/consultas-publicas/consulta-publica-del-anteproyecto-de-lineamientos-para-la-comercializacion-de-servicios-moviles-por The market in Mexico for MVNOs could be very attractive as part of the Red Compartida initiative of the Ministry of Communications and forthcoming auction process for a wholesale wireless broadband operator on 700MHz.  As part of the…

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