Regulator finds its teeth: Australian supermarket giant issued with record fine for spam breaches

Australian supermarket giant, Woolworths, was recently issued a record AUD$1,003,800 infringement notice by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), for multiple,...

Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020: UK company meetings and filings

On 25 June 2020, the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (the Act) received Royal Assent and it now forms part...

UK: First arrests made in connection with alleged Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan Scheme fraud

It was reported on Friday 10 July 2020 that two men were arrested in North London in connection with fraudulent applications...

Cyber Security Update: COVID-19

On the 8th April 2020, the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre issued a joint advisory note along with the US CISA...

Revised EU Cross-Border Payment Regulation – Delayed enforcement of its provisions on currency conversion

The European Commission (EC) recently published a statement, dated 9 April 2020, in relation to the revised EU Cross-Border Payments Regulation (CBPR2)....

Competitive Edge: Competition & EU law news – April 2020

Keeping you up to date on Competition & EU Law developments in Europe and beyond Tightening the enforcement belt...

EC launches consultations on digital finance strategy/fintech and retail payments

On 3 April 2020, the EC launched two consultations: A consultation on a new digital finance strategy (DFS)...

COVID-19 has shifted the dynamic between EU regulators and ‘Big Tech’

A decade from now, when European law students and political scientists are writing papers on the evolution of EU online platform regulation,...

‘Infodemic’ puts social media platforms under heightened regulatory scrutiny

Hoaxes about the supposed benefits of anti-inflammatory drugs, drinking chloroquine, taking vitamin C or eating garlic soup: these are just a few...

Using electronic signatures to avoid meetings and in-person signings

This article briefly considers how electronic signatures may be used for contracts governed by English law, at a time when signatories may...

Drafting IT contracts in a COVID-19 environment

So, you are sat at your home desk (or kitchen table or ironing board!) and you need to draft a contract for...

Increase of contactless payment limits in order to slow down spread of COVID-19

Increase of contactless payment limits in order to slow down spread of COVID-19 As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues...

Blockchain and Smart Contracts in Retail

Blockchain has recently celebrated its tenth anniversary, but for many in the retail sector, it is still seen as "something for the...

Digital technologies in healthcare: the liability challenges

Digital technologies are increasingly transforming the way in which products are being made and services are being delivered. This is...

Gambling or Gaming? Australia’s regulatory position on loot boxes in video games

Anyone familiar with the video game industry will be familiar with ‘loot boxes’. For gamers, loot boxes can give them a competitive...

Apple Pay under Competition Law scrutiny

In October 2019, it was reported in the press that DG COMP had opened a competition law investigation against Apple in relation...

Largest fine for spam paid to Australian regulator

Australia's number two carrier, Optus, has paid a $504,000 infringement notice after being found by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to have committed...

Report from Data Business Congress – Part 1

Held over two days in San Jose, California the inaugural Data Business Congress provided a fascinating insight into the opportunities and challenges...

TOWARDS MORE RESPONSIBLE AI

Jonathan Ebsworth (TechDotPeople) & Roger Bickerstaff (Bird & Bird) Introduction On the evening of January...

Digital Services Tax

There has been a lot of debate recently at international, EU and national levels about how to tax global businesses to ensure...