UK government issues consultation on EECC implementation

The UK Government has issued a consultation on its plans to implement the European Electronic Communications Code (the “EECC”). The EECC is an EU Directive reforming the EU regulatory framework for telecommunications with the aim of encouraging more investment in telecommunications infrastructure. Despite the ongoing Brexit process, under current timeframes the UK will still be…

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…

Preiskel & Co contribute to industry guide on Foreign Direct Investment in the UK

Preiskel & Co is pleased to announce that the UK Chapter of Getting the Deal Through’s Foreign Direct Investment series 2019, to which Partner Tim Cowen, Associate Maddi Gaunt, and Trainee Solicitor Claire Barraclough contributed. This chapter offers the definitive guide to non-economic regulatory controls on mergers in the UK, and is a must-read for…

Tim Cowen chairs session at the Global Summit Digital Infrastructure Forum in Berlin

Preiskel & Co Partner, Tim Cowen, will today chair a session at Infrastructure Investor’s Digital Infrastructure Forum. The session Tim will moderate will focus on how policymakers and regulators are driving investment in the digital economy. In particular, this will focus on the following issues: legislating to address broadband speeds encouraging competition in these markets…

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…