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…Details
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…Details
Preiskel & Co Consultant, Philip Goldenberg, has written an article in the Independent, considering whether the “Humble Address”, an obscure Parliamentary mechanism under which MPs can make their desires known directly to the Queen, could offer the House of Commons an escape from Brexit.
A fascinating read, the article can be found here.
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.…Details
Tangibility of Software: ‘Seen Is Not Limited to the Unaided Eye, Weighed Is Not Limited to the Butcher or Bathroom Scale, and Measured Is Not Limited to a Yardstick’
The nature of (video game) software has been disputed from the very beginning. Whilst software’s binary code cannot be perceived by the naked eye, this note will show that it still has physical properties of mass and volume. In this blog, Senior Associate Stephan Buck considers the law – and the science – behind the…Details
Over at the Financial Times, I have a post which argues that the Irish backstop issue masks a broader concern about Brexit. Put simply: those who are upset at the prospect of the backstop being triggered in 2022 are implicitly admitting that they are not confident that the relationship agreement will be in place by…Details
As well as being a consultant for Preiskel & Co LLP, I am a commentator on law and policy for the Financial Times and also on social media and my personal blog. This is not part of my work as a solicitor but my commentary may be of interest to clients and others visiting this…Details
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…Details
There have been two interesting and potentially significant developments in the ongoing Facebook/Cambridge Analytica story. One is Facebook’s announcement that it is appealing a UK penalty for data misuse. The other is that information relating to Facebook was seized from a business person visiting the UK by a UK parliamentary committee investigating Facebook in respect…Details