UK’s Newly Established AI Safety Institute Publishes Notice Setting Out AI Risk Evaluation Strategy

The UK’s AI Safety Institute (“AISI”), formed November 2023, has released a notice detailing its strategy for evaluating the risks and safety of AI models (which can be seen here). The AISI is not a regulator but rather a research body that aims to collaborate with industry, academia, and government. The Institute’s notice gives insight…

Ofcom BeetleSat Application Open for Consultation

On 29th January 2024, Ofcom published a consultation on the NSLComm’s application for a non-geostationary orbiting (“NGSO”) network licence, to enable their BeetleSat satellite constellation. Comments on the proposal are open until 29th February 2024. NGSO satellite systems are a revolutionary way of supplying broadband services from space, “using a constellation of satellites in a…

European Commission Accepts Renfe’s Commitments relating to Non-Discrimination

On 17th January 2024, the European Commission announced its acceptance of commitments by Renfe to open up competition in Spanish online rail ticketing[1]. This is a major development that reinforces non-discrimination obligations on online platforms and will likely set a precedent that applies to any organization with a dominant market position. Background Renfe, the Spanish…

CMA starts the clock on phase 1 merger investigation into Vodafone and Three

Investigation into Vodafone/Three Merger The CMA is launching a formal probe into the proposed merger between Vodafone and Three UK. The proposed deal, which was announced last year, combines the two companies’ telecommunications operations under a single network provider. The announcement on 26 January marks the start of the “Phase 1” investigation, which will involve…

ICO consultation series on generative AI and Data Protection

The Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) has launched a consultation series on how aspects of data protection law should apply to the development and use of generative AI models, found here. The ICO is seeking clarity in how data protection law applies to this new innovative technology, and specifically how generative AI will need to be…