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…

Government Response to UK Advertising in a Digital Age Report

The House of Lords Select Committee on Communications has made a series of recommendations on UK Advertising in a Digital Age. The Government has issued its response to the recommendations “for which the Government is directly responsible.” The Committee recommended (Recommendation 2) that where businesses fail to self-regulate adequately, the Government should propose legislation to…