German antitrust authorities restrict Facebook data use

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…

Draft of the Mobile Roaming (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 published

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…

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…

European Parliament approves European Electronic Communications Code

Final approval has been given to the European Electronic Communications Code (“EECC“) by the European Parliament. The EECC is a proposed EU Directive which aims to update and consolidate telecoms regulation under EU law, and is designed to support the rollout of full fibre networks, and 5G. It also increases consumer protection by extending rules to…

Ofcom releases latest Business Connectivity Market Review Consultation

Ofcom has released its latest Business Connectivity Market Review Consultation (“BCMR Consultation”), outlining its provisional analysis of the Business Connectivity Market, provisional Significant Market Power (“SMP”) assessment, and proposals for remedies. Key points to note include a commitment to implementing a consolidated review of residential and business telecoms markets and physical infrastructure by 2021, introducing…

Employees and the dreaded data subject access request

The right of an individual to obtain copies of their personal data from a company is a key element of the General Data Protection Regulation ((EU) 2016/679) and the Data Protection Act 2018 (which adopts the GDPR and supplements the GDPR requirements). But when the individual seeking the information is a current employee, it can…

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…