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On May 27, 2020, the European Commission put forward its proposal for a European Recovery Plan (ERP) with a new EUR 750 billion funding via its financial recovery instrument, called the “Next Generation EU” which would be funded by borrowing on the financial markets. If approved by the Member States, Next Generation EU will invest EUR 500 billion through grants and EUR 250 billion through loans. This is additional to a ‘boosted and reinforced’ EUR 1.1…

On 8 June 2020 the UK Government published its response to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (“DCMS”) Select Committee’s report on Immersive and Addictive Technologies (“Report”). The response sets out the Government’s next steps regarding issues identified in the Report, which will be relevant for companies in the video games sector as well as those involved with immersive technologies. This could result in increased regulation in certain areas. For example, the outcome…

Regulators have extensive resources at their disposal to enforce compliance with their laws and guidance – and an increasing number of companies conduct activities which are regulated, from data processing to selling to consumers. This article sets out our top tips for developing a constructive and effective global strategy for engaging with regulators. Click here to read on.

Society’s attitude towards the technology sector has changed as technology has become intricately woven in our daily lives. This change in perspective and the accelerated rate with which we have come to rely on technology due to the pandemic has made it necessary for a new approach in regulation as well. In this episode of TMT Talk, Raffaele Giarda, Ben Allgrove and Sue McLean have a thought-provoking conversation about the shift in attitudes to disruption in the sector, how the…

On February 19, 2020 the ICO published its draft guidance on the AI auditing framework for public consultation, which is open until April 1, 2020. We have summarised the key themes below. What is the draft guidance? The draft guidance, which runs to over 100 pages, provides advice and recommendations on how to understand data protection law in relation to artificial intelligence. It clarifies how to assess the data protection risks posed by AI and…

A few days ago the Government published its Initial Response to the public consultation on the Online Harms White Paper (April 2019). The Online Harms White Paper sets out the intention of the government to improve protections for users online through the introduction of a new duty of care. The subsequent 12 week consultation period received over 2400 responses from a range of stakeholders. This response provides an overview of these responses and the government’s…