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14 Nov 19
In­ter­ac­tion between op­er­at­or’s rights un­der the Elec­tron­ic Com­mu­nic­a­tions...
Sum­mary The Up­per Tribunal does not have jur­is­dic­tion un­der Part 4 of the Elec­tron­ic Com­mu­nic­a­tions Code to im­pose Code rights over land in fa­vour of an op­er­at­or, which already oc­cu­pies that land un­der...
13 Nov 19
OECD pro­pos­als set to rad­ic­ally change in­ter­na­tion­al tax frame­work
The OECD has re­cently is­sued two con­sulta­tion doc­u­ments seek­ing com­ments on its pro­pos­als for tack­ling the tax chal­lenges arising from the di­git­al eco­nomy. The first of these pro­pos­als (“Pil­lar One”),...
28 Oct 19
Com­pens­a­tion and own­er­ship – two thorny is­sues in em­ploy­ee in­ven­tion...
A re­cent land­mark Su­preme Court de­cision has set out the basis upon which an em­ploy­ee can suc­cess­fully claim for com­pens­a­tion un­der the UK pat­ent le­gis­la­tion. The judg­ment provided that the em­ploy­ee was...
25 Oct 19
Ap­plic­a­tions to co­hort 6 of the FCA’s reg­u­lat­ory sand­box now open
The FCA has opened its ap­plic­a­tion pro­cess for firms wish­ing to join co­hort 6 of its reg­u­lat­ory sand­box (“Sand­box”). The FCA will be ac­cept­ing ap­plic­a­tions from now un­til 31 Decem­ber 2019. The Sand­box...
22 Oct 19
En­sur­ing ten­ant­s' con­nectiv­ity to Gig­abit-cap­able net­works
Sum­mary A Bill has been in­tro­duced in Par­lia­ment to en­able tele­coms net­work op­er­at­ors to gain ac­cess to mul­tiple dwell­ing build­ings to de­ploy fixed line broad­band con­nec­tions, where a land­lord has re­peatedly...
16 Oct 19
FCA sets out cryptoasset busi­ness re­gis­tra­tion and fee re­quire­ments
On 15 Oc­to­ber 2019, the Fin­an­cial Con­duct Au­thor­ity (“FCA”) pub­lished con­sulta­tion pa­per CP19/29: Re­cov­ery of costs of su­per­vising cryptoasset busi­nesses un­der the pro­posed anti-money laun­der­ing reg­u­la­tions:...
15 Oct 19
ASA rules Casumo ad was tar­geted ir­re­spons­ibly
On 9 Oc­to­ber 2019, the Ad­vert­ising Stand­ards Au­thor­ity (“ASA”) con­cluded that a sponsored Google search res­ult for Casumo Ser­vices Lim­ited (“Casumo”) of­fer­ing free spins had been ir­re­spons­ibly...
15 Oct 19
Gambling Com­mis­sion agrees £322,000 pack­age with Bet­fred for anti-money...
On 10 Oc­to­ber 2019, the Gambling Com­mis­sion (“Com­mis­sion”) an­nounced that it had reached a reg­u­lat­ory set­tle­ment with Pet­fre (Gibral­tar) Lim­ited, trad­ing as Bet­fred ( “Bet­fred”) in re­la­tion to...
09 Oct 19
Data pro­tec­tion and class ac­tions: iPhone users’ claim against Google...
Sum­mary Last week the Court of Ap­peal per­mit­ted ser­vice out of the jur­is­dic­tion of an un­usu­al form of class ac­tion against Google (Richard Lloyd v Google LLC [2019] EW­CA Civ 1599), over­turn­ing Warby J’s...
08 Oct 19
Gambling Com­mis­sion sets out its ex­pect­a­tions re­gard­ing li­censees...
The Gambling Com­mis­sion has is­sued a state­ment set­ting out its ex­pect­a­tions of li­censees who leave the Brit­ish mar­ket. The state­ment ap­plies to on­line and high street gambling busi­nesses choos­ing to leave...
26 Sep 19
ASA Rul­ing on 32Red Ltd
On 25 Septem­ber 2019, the Ad­vert­ising Stand­ards Au­thor­ity (“ASA”) in­vest­ig­ated two is­sues in re­la­tion to two sponsored on­line search en­gine ad­verts paid for by on­line casino 32Red Ltd, both of which...
25 Sep 19
UK Par­lia­ment­ary Com­mit­tee says ‘loot boxes’ should be con­sidered...
An in­quiry led by the Di­git­al, Cul­ture, Me­dia & Sport Com­mit­tee has con­cluded that the sale and pur­chase of loot boxes should be con­sidered gambling and there­fore reg­u­lated un­der the UK Gambling Act....