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The UK’s Cybersecurity Regulatory Landscape: An Overview

Have you visited our online client cybersecurity resource portal: Ready, Set, Respond? Designed by our cross-practice team of global practitioners to provide in-house counsel with the tools they need to prepare for the inevitable cybersecurity incident and quickly and easily stay up to date on the evolving state of cybersecurity regulation around the world, the portal is regularly updated … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy, Internet Conor Ward

The G-7 Fundamental Elements of Cybersecurity for The Financial Sector

Cyber risk has been high on the agenda of financial services regulators for some time now. In the UK, the FCA specifically addressed its concerns in its 2015/2016 Business Plan and it has an on-going programme of work which includes working with the PRA and Bank of England on visibility of IT resilience and risks at board level, and with … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy, Internet, Policy & Regulation Conor Ward

FTC takes enforcement action regarding data security and IoT

As legislators across the world grapple with the thorny issue of suppliers’ liability for digital content and online services, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the U.S. has used its existing powers under the Federal Trade Commission Act, 15 U.S.C. to address the liability of equipment manufacturers in relation to the Internet of Things.

ASUSTeK Computer, Inc (“ASUS“), … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy Conor Ward

Agreement Reached on First EU-Wide Rules to Improve Cybersecurity

At a trialogue meeting on December 7, the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union reached agreement with the European Parliament on common rules to strengthen network and information security (NIS) across the EU.  The new directive will set out the first ever EU-wide cybersecurity obligations for operators of essential services and digital service providers.  Essential service … Continue Reading

Posted in Internet, Policy & Regulation Conor Ward

Amendments to UK Hacking Legislation under The Serious Crime Act 2015 come into force

Amendments to the Computer Misuse Act 1990 (“CMA”) introduced by Part 2 of the Serious Crime Act 2015 (“2015 Act”) came into effect on the 3rd May 2015. The 2015 Act makes 4 changes to the CMA, in particular these:

  • Create a new offence to ensure that the most serious cyber attacks attract penalties commensurate with the harm caused;
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Posted in Data Protection & Privacy, Internet, Policy & Regulation Conor WardMark Taylor

UK: Cybersecurity Seminar Tackles Business Risks from Cyber Attacks

On 20 November 2013, Hogan Lovells hosted a cybersecurity seminar at its London offices, gathering a panel of experts in the field to discuss a subject that has become a growing concern for businesses worldwide. The seminar sought to address the cyber risks currently facing businesses, what businesses should do if a cyber attack occurs, the legal issues a business … Continue Reading

Posted in Internet, Policy & Regulation, Spectrum, Telecoms & Broadband Peter WattsConor Ward

European Commission proposes “Connected Continent” legislative reforms for telecoms sector

The European Commission has announced the adoption of a legislative package for a “Connected Continent: Building a Telecoms Single Market”.

The package proposes a range of reforms to be rolled out over the next 3 years, subject to approval by the European Parliament.  Global Media and Communications Watch will feature a longer post shortly but key elements include:

  • A single
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Posted in Spectrum, Telecoms & Broadband Conor Ward

Ofcom to permit use of 2G and 3G spectrum for LTE & WiMAX (4G) services

Ofcom has today announced that it will permit mobile phone operators to use their existing 2G and 3G radio spectrum for LTE & WiMAX (4G) services in the future.
 
The decision allows mobile operators to increase mobile broadband speeds in future by re-using their 2G and 3G spectrum for LTE & WiMAX (4G), and to plan and implement moves to … Continue Reading