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Al­exa will see you now
In a push to­wards ac­cess­ib­il­ity, the NHS and Amazon have partnered to stream NHS-veri­fied in­form­a­tion to UK homes.   Al­exa, Amazon’s voice-as­sisted tech­no­logy, is now cap­able of auto­mat­ic­ally search­ing on­line NHS in­form­a­tion to find an­swers to med­ic­al ques­tions.
Watch this (adtech) space – ICO re­port on adtech and real time bid­ding
The UK In­form­a­tion Com­mis­sion­er’s Of­fice (ICO) has is­sued an up­date re­port on adtech and real time bid­ding (RTB). The reg­u­lat­or has iden­ti­fied sev­er­al areas as need­ing im­prove­ment, and sees this as just the start of its en­gage­ment with the adtech sec­tor on.
One year after GDPR's launch: the scope of su­per­vi­sion re­mains murky
GDPR com­pli­ance re­mains murky Since the 25 May 2018 launch of the EU­'s Gen­er­al Data Pro­tec­tion Reg­u­la­tion (GDPR), which provides for a uni­form set of data pro­tec­tion rules dir­ectly ap­plic­able in all EU mem­ber states, su­per­vis­ory au­thor­it­ies have leveled "ef­fect­ive,.
CMA an­nounces mar­ket study in­to on­line plat­forms and di­git­al ad­vert­ising 
On 3 Ju­ly 2019, the CMA launched a mar­ket study in­to on­line plat­forms and di­git­al ad­vert­ising. This fol­lows re­peated calls from vari­ous com­mit­tees and re­views for the CMA to scru­tin­ise the sec­tor, giv­en its wider im­plic­a­tions for the di­git­al eco­nomy, in­clud­ing.
Gambling Com­mis­sion’s Na­tion­al Strategy to re­duce gambling harms
On 25 April 2019, the Gambling Com­mis­sion (the “Com­mis­sion”) launched its three-year Na­tion­al Strategy to Re­duce Gambling Harms (the “Strategy”). The Strategy will bring to­geth­er health bod­ies, char­it­ies, reg­u­lat­ors and busi­nesses to re­duce the harms caused.
More Gambling Com­mis­sion fines for op­er­at­ors
Over the past two months, the Gambling Com­mis­sion ("Com­mis­sion") has an­nounced in three de­cisions (here, here and here) fur­ther sub­stan­tial fines against a num­ber of on­line casino op­er­at­ors in re­la­tion to breaches of con­di­tions of the op­er­at­ors’ re­spect­ive.
EU Reg­u­la­tion on on­line plat­forms ap­proved
On 14 June 2019, the Coun­cil of the European Uni­on ap­proved the new Reg­u­la­tion on pro­mot­ing fair­ness and trans­par­ency of on­line plat­forms. The new Reg­u­la­tion will enter in­to ef­fect in sum­mer 2021, without the need for any fur­ther im­ple­ment­a­tion by EU Mem­ber.
Is an in­tel­li­gent AI tool right for your busi­ness?
The Na­tion­al Cy­ber Se­cur­ity Centre has re­cently re­leased guid­ance on as­sess­ing in­tel­li­gent tools for cy­ber se­cur­ity (avail­able here). This guid­ance provides a valu­able op­por­tun­ity for busi­nesses of any size to re­flect on how they should (or equally, should.
PRA 'Dear CEO' Let­ter to Fast Grow­ing Firms
On 12 June 2019 the PRA pub­lished a new ‘Dear CEO’ let­ter sum­mar­ising the reg­u­lat­or’s find­ings from a re­view of 20 non-sys­tem­ic de­pos­it tak­ing firms that it has un­der­taken over the past year. The firms re­viewed are mostly grow­ing faster than the mar­ket as a.
GDPR: 12 months on, 12 Takeaways
Some com­ment­at­ors were ex­pect­ing the GDPR to be the new Y2K, and oth­ers the dawn­ing of the data apo­ca­lypse. The real­ity has been less dra­mat­ic, but has non­ethe­less brought a range of chal­lenges and les­sons learned.
Draw­ing the line un­der si­lent cy­ber
In­surer­s' man­age­ment of cy­ber risk, in­clud­ing si­lent cy­ber cov­er, has at­trac­ted the in­terest of the UK Pruden­tial Reg­u­lat­ory Au­thor­ity (the PRA). The PRA has called on in­surers to re­duce their un­in­ten­ded ex­pos­ure to si­lent cy­ber cov­er, and to im­prove their.
Fur­ther prac­tic­al cla­ri­fic­a­tion on the Tele­coms Code
The Up­per Tribunal has handed down an­oth­er judg­ment in the on­go­ing pur­suit for clar­ity un­der the new Tele­coms Code between op­er­at­ors and site pro­viders.   In the case of CTIL v Richard Gregory Keast the Up­per Tribunal was asked to deal with vari­ous pre­lim­in­ary.