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...

Key themes of CES 2020

CES 2020 explores the latest innovations in Tech, AI, IoT, Robotics, Consumer Electronics and much more. More than buzzwords, CES 2020 is...

There’s more to blockchain than Bitcoin!

The volatile price fluctuations of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ether have attracted huge media and business interest in blockchain technologies.  But...

Cyber update: what will Brexit mean for NIS and Digital Service Providers?

As the UK moves glacially towards some form of Brexit, attention shifts towards EU cyber security regulations and the potential impact of...

Fintech under increasing scrutiny in push towards achieving EU ‘technological sovereignty’

"Technological sovereignty" is the buzzword of the incoming European College of Commissioners, where Fintech looks set to be the subject of increasing regulatory scrutiny....

A Light Touch Regulatory Framework for AI

Background As the use of Tech becomes more central to our everyday lives the potential need for regulatory controls...