The UK Government has announced that the Coronavirus Future Fund will be launched in May 2020, providing government loans of between £125,000 to £5 million to innovative UK-based companies which face financing difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The loans are subject to matched funding being secured from private investors, and are expected to help…Details
In a further reminder of how interconnected the modern world is, streaming companies have announced that they will limit the quality of video streams to address high demand for bandwidth. The moves are to keep the internet functioning as smoothly as possible while telecoms services are under particularly high demand, as thousands of people adopt…Details
Danny Preiskel will be attending MEF (Mobile Ecosystem Forum) events at the unofficial MWC in Barcelona
MWC may have been cancelled, but there are many unofficial MWC related events still going on in Barcelona during MWC week (starting 24 Feb). Danny will be participating at the MEF events, many of which are focusing on data privacy/consumer identity related aspects as well as IoT which will be open on a one-off basis…Details
The deadline of 3 March 2020 for responses to Ofcom’s Electronic Communications Code (“EECC”) Consultation is fast approaching. The consultation focuses on the implementation of the EECC. The EECC includes regulatory changes across a wide scope, including: Banning mobile providers from selling “locked” devices; Provision of a “summary of key contract terms” to customers before they…Details
Andrea Leadsom and Sajid Javid, in one of their last acts as government ministers,addressed a letter to Andrea Coscelli, the Chief Executive of the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”), commissioning a regular review of the state of competition in the UK. The letter argues that existing indicators of how competition is functioning in the…Details
DCMS has announced that it plans to introduce new legislation to protect users of Internet of Things (“IoT”) household devices from cyber threats through heightened security requirements. The proposed legislation includes the following security requirements: any password for consumer internet-connected devices must be unique and there must not be an option to reset to a…Details
The European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) has ruled that the popular accommodation website and app, Airbnb, is a provider of information society services (Airbnb Ireland, Case C-390/18) as defined in the E-Commerce Directive (Directive 2000/31/EC). The ruling follows a request for a preliminary ruling from the Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris, and provides useful…Details
The European Commission has reported that Booking.com has committed to change the way in which it presents offers, discounts and prices to consumers in order to comply with EU consumer protections. The commitment comes after discussions between the European Commission, national consumer authorities, and Booking.com. The commitments should be put into practice by 16 June…Details
This week the CMA published its interim report in its market study or Online Platforms and Digital Advertising.
The interim report can be read here.
Please contact Tim Cowen if you have any questions regarding the market study.
What if there is a Hung Parliament? Preiskel & Co Consultant, Philip Goldenberg’s Article in the Independent is as relevant as ever
Preiskel & Co consultant, Philip Goldenberg’s Article in the Independent is as relevant as ever, should today’s election result in a Hung Parliament. The article in the Independent Newspaper is available at: