The technology sector is facing increased scrutiny from regulators - both in terms of market structure and in what technology businesses can and cannot do. From ensuring your company stays compliant with regulations to finding innovative solutions for assessing risk and maximizing new opportunities, having a firm grasp of the regulatory tech landscape can be invaluable to the success of any business strategy.
US SEC charges SolarWinds and its CISO for alleged cybersecurity misstatements and controls failures
The SEC charged SolarWinds Corporation for allegedly making material misstatements regarding its cybersecurity practices.
Queensland Government introduces mandatory data breach notification regime
On 12 October 2023, the Government introduced the Information Privacy and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2023 (Bill) to Queensland Parliament which, amongst other things, establishes a mandatory data breach notification scheme (MDBN Scheme) in Queensland.
Gaming and law: What businesses need to know - Part 1
Gaming raises a multitude of legal issues for businesses. In this series of publications, Gaming and law: What businesses need to know, we cover a number of the most topical issues. In this Part 1, Gaming and Non-Fungible Tokens, Justin Davidson explains what a non-fungible token (NFT) is and the implications for gaming.
UK Information Commissioner’s Office Publishes Final Guidance On Employee Monitoring
The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) published its final guidance on monitoring workers on 3 October 2023 (the Guidance).
The UK CMA’s AI Foundation Models Initial Report
The CMA’s Initial Report (Report), published on 18 September 2023, considers three levels of the AI Foundation Model (FM) value chain (although it focuses predominantly on the first two levels):
An overview of the European digital strategy
We have published an article, EU: An overview of the European digital strategy, explaining the aims and key components of the EU digital strategy, outlining at a high-level key legislation that has been published in this space in the past three years and highlighting the way in which the various legislative instruments interact with each other and with European data privacy rules.
Global Outer Space Guide: Detailing the commercial space industry
The global space economy is now valued at around US$469bn, having increased by more than 70 percent since 2010. This reflects the continued expansion of outer space activities and investment in space ...
Spotlight on gaming: Key takeaways from Gamescom and Devcom
The gaming industry has always been an early adopter of artificial intelligence (AI) and we are already seeing how it enhances virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) gaming experiences.
Web 4.0 and virtual worlds: The next frontier
As public awareness of Web 3.0, the metaverse and other associated technologies increases, there is further pressure on governments, businesses and regulatory bodies to keep abreast of both the possibilities and the risks of these new worlds.
The new Influencer marketing French law: from #LOL to #Advertising
Influence and content creation have revolutionized the approach to marketing. In the absence of specific regulations applicable to this new form of advertising, influence marketing has been - until now - solely governed by existing law, in particular advertising law and consumer law.
Law Commission final report on digital assets: a bold new approach
Laws and regulations for digital assets tend to arrive either too early or too late. Too early, when they include details that turn out to be awkward or irrelevant when technology moves in a different direction. Too late, when they wait for certainty and meanwhile leave important areas unregulated and vulnerable to fraud.
Hutchinson - O2: Oligopoly or not, the balance of probabilities test applies
On 13 July 2023, the European Court of Justice delivered its ruling in Commission v CK Telecoms UK Investments (C-376/20 P), overturning the General Court’s judgment annulling the European Commission’s (Commission) prohibition of CK Hutchinson’s (Three) proposed acquisition of O2, and referring the case back to the General Court.
Webinars & Videos
Competitive edge: Ep 5: The impact of the Digital Markets Act
In this two part episode, our lawyers from around the world will discuss the EU Digital Markets Act (DMA)
Session 3: Successfully navigating the regulation of tech M&A and investment
We are witnessing a significant impact of regulation on technology M&A and investment decisions in the sector. How should technology businesses (and those who wish to invest in them) navigate the increasing regulatory requirements, such as national security regimes and the new EU anti-subsidy regulation, in a way that maximises acquisition/investment outcomes and minimises the risk of regulatory intervention?
Session 1: EU’s digital strategy – new legislation on the way: What tech businesses need to do
With a remarkable amount of new legislation on the way, the EU has made clear its intention to lead the way on regulating key aspects of the technology sector – both in terms of market structure and in what technology businesses can and cannot do.
Global: The Broadcom case: EU antitrust commitments and interim measures
We’re going to talk a little bit about the European Commission’s decision announced on 7 October to accept commitments from Broadcom in relation to concerns the Commission had raised about Broadcom potentially abusing a dominant position.
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