Skype declared to be a “telecoms operator” in EU court case

In a decision handed down by the European Court of Justice on Wednesday 5 June, Microsoft’s Skype Service was declared to be a “telecoms operator” and therefore subject to EU telecoms regulations. In C-142/18 Skype Communications Sarl v IBPT, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) sided with the Belgian communications regulator, the Belgian Institute of…

GDPR at one year: Lessons learned for American Companies

The European Union’s landmark data privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect one year ago. By now, the implications for European residents and companies are fairly well known. Many of us will have received updated privacy policies in our email inboxes, or become increasingly aware of headline-grabbing stories on mass data…

Two interesting developments in the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica story

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…

Preiskel & Co recognised as “IT, Technology & Internet Law firm of the Year” and “Foreign Investment Law firm of the Year”

Preiskel & Co LLP has been recognised in this year’s ACQ5 Global Awards as both the UK’s “IT, Technology and Internet Law Firm of the Year” and “Foreign Investment Law Firm of the Year” by leading corporate magazine news site ACQ5. Following the receipt of 98,621 nominations for the 2018 awards – the highest number…

Upcoming reform to German competition law regime?

It is reported that Germany’s Ministry of Economy will consider the results of a study which aimed at boosting the competition law tools available to German competition law authorities to act against companies, particularly in the digital economy. In particular, the study suggested that the threshold for regulatory intervention should be lowered in some cases,…

Commission clears Hutchison takeover of Wind Tre

The European Commission has cleared CK Hutchison’s takeover of Italian telecoms group, Wind Tre, subject to CK Huthcison agreeing to take full responsibility for the conditions imposed on Wind Tre when it was created. These conditions relate to the completion of spectrum transfer and site divestment, and to the implementation of the national roaming agreement…

The future of cryptocurrency and sport? UK Premier League football clubs set up Bitcoin wallets in eToro partnership

The 27th season of the Premier League kicked off earlier this month with the revelation that global investment and trading platform eToro had signed first-of-their-kind sponsorship deals with seven high-profile English Premier League clubs. Significantly, the press release confirmed that eToro will not pay for the sponsorship rights in regular ‘fiat’ currency, but in Bitcoin…

New judgment on the communication to the public right

On 7 August the judgment in Case C-161/17 Land Nordrhein-Westfalen v Dirk Renckhoff was published. The judgment is in response to a preliminary reference which asked the following question: ‘Does the inclusion of a work — which is freely accessible to all internet users on a third-party website with the consent of the copyright holder — on…