Ofcom European Electronic Communications Code Consultation deadline approaches

The deadline of 3 March 2020 for responses to Ofcom’s Electronic Communications Code (“EECC”) Consultation is fast approaching. The consultation focuses on the implementation of the EECC. The EECC includes regulatory changes across a wide scope, including: Banning mobile providers from selling “locked” devices; Provision of a “summary of key contract terms” to customers before they…

UK government announces new security rules for IoT devices

DCMS has announced that it plans to introduce new legislation to protect users of Internet of Things (“IoT”) household devices from cyber threats through heightened security requirements. The proposed legislation includes the following security requirements: any password for consumer internet-connected devices must be unique and there must not be an option to reset to a…

Airbnb is a provider of an information society service, ECJ rules

The European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) has ruled that the popular accommodation website and app, Airbnb, is a provider of information society services (Airbnb Ireland, Case C-390/18) as defined in the E-Commerce Directive (Directive 2000/31/EC). The ruling follows a request for a preliminary ruling from the Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris, and provides useful…

Booking.com to change practice to ensure compliance with EU legislation

The European Commission has reported that Booking.com has committed to change the way in which it presents offers, discounts and prices to consumers in order to comply with EU consumer protections. The commitment comes after discussions between the European Commission, national consumer authorities, and Booking.com. The commitments should be put into practice by 16 June…

Preiskel & Co EECC (European Electronic Communications Code) Chapter published in ICLG Telecoms, Media & Internet 2020

We are delighted to announce that Danny Preiskel’s Chapter on the new EECC (European Electronic Communications Code) has been published in the International Comparative Legal Guide’s Telecoms, Media & Internet 2020. Danny authored the UK Chapter in this fascinating ICLG practitioner’s guide. His EECC Chapter can be read here. Please contact Danny if you have…

World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) News: ITU identifies new bands for 5G, procedures for LEO satellite operators

World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) News: ITU identifies new bands for 5G, procedures for LEO satellite operators According to telecompaper news, about 3,400 delegates from 165 member states have signed the International Telecommunication Union’s Radio Regulations’ Final Acts, the international treaty governing the global use of radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits. The signatures were given during…