Advocate General Opinion on Automated Credit-Scoring & Retention of Insolvency Data

On 16 March 2023, an Advocate General Opinion (the “Opinion”) established that automated credit-scoring for the purpose of obtaining a loan constitutes ‘profiling’. The Advocate General (the “AG”) considered three key points raised by the Administrative Court of Wiesbaden and concluded that: 1) Automated decision making about the ability of a person to service a…

White House’s Economic Report of the President sets out a roadmap to improve competition in digital markets

On Tuesday, March 22nd, the White House released the Economic Report of the President (ERP), a full chapter of which is devoted to Competition in the Digital Economy. See the full report here. The report summarises that the promised benefits of the internet have been undermined by over-concentration. Digital markets should be a great vehicle…

Brussels Conference brings in industry leaders to discuss the international antitrust landscape

On 2 March 2023, Keystone Strategy hosted a conference on Antitrust, Regulation & the Political Economy which brought together policymakers, academics, economists, and lawyers from across Europe and the United States. Three panel discussions devoted particular attention to the current legal framework of competition law in different jurisdictions, the state of antitrust enforcement, and the…

Issues in the UK’s forthcoming Digital Markets, Competition and Consumer Bill

On 6 May 2022 the Government confirmed its approach to strengthen digital competition regulation in the UK.[1] The UK is now on the verge of publishing the Digital Markets, Competition and Consumer Bill (the “Bill”) which will be broadly aligned with the EU’s Digital Markets Act (“DMA”). However, will the Bill be fit for purpose?…

Stormy weather for cloud computing in the EU

Stormy weather for cloud computing in the EU Cloud computing Cloud computing allows businesses to access computing resources as services over the internet. The availability of this service over the internet and on an on-demand basis reduces expenditure on traditionally on-site resources, while allowing businesses to scale quickly. The European Commission support a transition towards…

DCMS Publishes New Security and Privacy Principles for App Store Operators and Developers

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (“DCMS”) recently published a new ‘Code of Practice for App Store Operators and Developers’ (“Code”), following calls to improve app security and privacy for users. The new Code of Practice sets out eight key principles for stakeholders in the digital app space. The stakeholders who shall adhere…