Overview of the UAS Ofcom Drone Licence

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“UAS”), more commonly referred to as drones, are aerial vehicles that do not carry a human operator, but instead are remotely piloted. Most drones today currently use a spectrum designated for Wi-Fi or model aircraft, which do not require a Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006 (“WTA”) licence. However, as technology progresses rapidly, this…

French watchdog directs Meta to change its “discriminatory” ad verification criteria

On May 4th 2023, the French competition watchdog, l’Autorité  de la concurrence, issued interim measures against Meta for discrimination in its ad verification criteria. The provisional decision followed an October 2022 complaint from Adloox, a company which provides ad verification services. The initial outlined abusive conditions for accessing Meta’s “viewability” and “brand safety” partnerships, which…

EDPB clarifies personal data breach notification requirements for non-EU controllers

On 28 March 2023, the European Data Protection Board (“EDPB”) adopted updated guidelines on the obligation for non-EU established controllers to notify supervisory authorities (“SA”) following a personal data breach. Article 4(12) of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) stipulates that a personal data breach occurs when there is an “accidental or unlawful destruction, loss,…

OpenAI’s ChatGPT banned in Italy

On 31 March 2023, the Italian Data Protection Authority (“DPA”) imposed a temporary ban and launched an investigation into the OpenAI-powered platform ChatGPT’s compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) following a data breach. The data breach took place on March 20th over a critical nine-hour period that left ChatGPT Plus (the subscription version…

Ensuring swift enforcement in digital markets

The issue – digital markets require swift enforcement[1] The Government accepts that swift enforcement is critical in fast-moving digital markets[2]. Without it smaller players are pushed out quickly, market concentration rises and innovation and entry are more difficult. Markets then don’t work well for consumers because prices rise and quality suffers. The EU, USA, Australian…