New EU-US Data Privacy Framework

President Biden signed an Executive Order on “Enhancing Safeguards for United States Signals Intelligence Activities” (“Executive Order”) on 7 October 2022. In conjunction with the regulations issued by the US Attorney General to establish a Data Protection Review Court (“DPRC”), the Executive Order implements into US law the agreement in principle revealed by President Biden…

Why TikTok may be fined £27m by the ICO

The UK’s data protection regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”), has issued a “notice of intent” to Tiktok. This notice is a precursor to imposing a potential £27 million fine, following an investigation conducted by the ICO which found that TikTok may have breached data protection law between May 2018 and July 2020. The maximum…

The Metaverse: EU’s Regulatory Plans to promote a level playing field, safety and consumer rights

On the 14th of September 2022 the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen gave the annual state-of-the-EU speech, followed by the traditional publishing of the State of the Union Letter of Intent 2022 (which can be found here). The speech largely considered the geopolitical landscape, focusing on the Russia, Ukraine and the European reactions…

European General Court largely upholds record EU antitrust fine against Google for abusive restrictions cementing its dominance

On the 14th of September 2022, the European General Court (“EGC”) delivered its judgement on Google’s antitrust case. The EGC largely upheld the European Commission’s (“EC”) 2018 ruling to impose an antitrust fine on Google, but with a slight reduction of the fine from €4.343bn to €4.125bn to “better reflect the gravity and duration of the…

Sole director companies operating under the Model Articles: impacted by ruling in Hashmi v Lorrimer-Wing [2022] EWHC 191 (Ch)

The judgment discussed below rendered two provisions of the Model Articles as inconsistent. Decisions made by a sole director of a company using the Model Articles may therefore be invalid or void. This means that sole directors of companies incorporated under the Model Articles should amend the Model Articles before incorporating them into their Articles…

New telecoms security regulations and a Code of Practice set to be in place on 1 October 2022

The United Kingdom government wants to have new telecoms security regulations – together with a code of practice.  These will apply to network and service providers. The relevant department – the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport – conducted a consultation exercise for these new regulations and the code of practice from March to…