New Ofcom Consultation on Copper Retirement

Ofcom has issued a further short Consultation on plans for copper retirement. This is part of the Wholesale Fixed Telecoms Market Review, which will define the regulation of this market for the period 2021-2026. The latest Ofcom Consultation follows Ofcom’s earlier consultation in June, proposing the removal of charge controls from Openreach’s copper products. Back…

Inherited GDPR breach still leads to a record fine for Marriott

A mere two weeks from the record-breaking British Airways information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) £20million fine, Marriott has been handed the second highest General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) penalty at £18million. A striking similarity between the two fines is the steep discount from the original figure (£99.2million) from the ICO’s intention to fine notice dated from…

UK National Data Strategy: a step further away from an adequacy decision under the GDPR?

A drastic and “pro-tech” government policy paper to overhaul the UK’s data protection legislation is believed by the European Commission to be jeopardising future collaboration with the European Union. The government’s new “National Data Strategy”, which vows a profound “transformation” of how data is used across the public sector, is expected to adversely affect the…