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Mark Taylor

Photo of Mark Taylor Mark is a partner in Hogan Lovells' Intellectual Property, Media and Technology Group in London with particular expertise in technology and outsourcing matters. Mark specialises in advising all aspects of the development, exploitation, implementation and outsourcing of IT and novel technologies. He also regularly advises on disputes, intellectual property and data protection issues related to these areas. Mark is a Trustee of the Society for Computers and Law.

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UK Government to introduce new interception legislation

On 27 May, the newly elected UK government unveiled its legislative agenda for the forthcoming parliamentary session. In doing so, it confirmed that it will introduce a new law intended to reform the current legal framework governing the investigatory capabilities of UK law enforcement agencies. The announcement in the Queen’s Speech merely referred to the introduction of “new legislation to modernise the law on communications data”. However, additional briefing notes released at the same time refer to an Investigatory Powers Bill covering all investigatory powers, including those relating to communications

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Europe’s Digital Single Market Strategy – a focus on Pillar 3

In this post (the last in this series), we focus on the initiatives introduced under the third pillar of the European Commission’s Digital Single Market Strategy: Maximising the growth potential of the European Digital Economy The third pillar is built around the recognition of the pervasive nature of digital technology, and that soon all industry sectors will be digitised to some extent. The Commission is thus concerned by the need for Europe to maintain its competitiveness in this area, and so under the third pillar it is seeking to optimise

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Europe’s Digital Single Market Strategy – a focus on Pillar 2

On 6 May 2015, the European Commission published its Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe. The Strategy sets out a total of 16 initiatives under 3 pillars which lay the groundwork for Europe’s digital future. In this post (the third in a series following our overview last week), we focus on the initiatives introduced under the second pillar: Creating the right conditions for digital networks and services to flourish. While Pillar 1 focuses on removing cross-border barriers, the Commission also recognises that Europe’s network infrastructure is key to a successful

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Europe’s Digital Single Market Strategy – a focus on Pillar 1

On 6 May 2015, the European Commission published its Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe. The Strategy sets out a total of 16 initiatives under 3 pillars which lay the groundwork for Europe’s digital future. Following our overview last week, in this post we focus on the initiatives introduced under the first pillar: Better access for consumers and businesses to online goods and services across Europe. The Commission’s aim with this pillar appears to be to break down existing obstacles which prevent cross-border online activity. It hopes that this will

Posted in Broadcasting, Copyright, Data Protection & Privacy, Digital Single Market (EU), e-commerce, Internet, Policy & Regulation, Telecoms & Broadband Photo of Mark TaylorPhoto of Alexandra Grundy

European Commission publishes its Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe

On 6 May 2015, the European Commission published its Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe. The Strategy sets out a total of 16 initiatives under 3 pillars (based upon key areas for action identified by the Commission earlier this year) which lay the groundwork for Europe’s digital future. The three pillars are: 1.  Better access for consumers and businesses to online goods and services across Europe Focusing on the need to provide businesses, particularly entrepreneurs, with new opportunities to scale up across Europe, the Commission seeks with this pillar to

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European Commission agrees areas for action on Juncker’s Digital Single Market Strategy

On 25 March 2015, the European Commission set out the three main areas it will focus on in developing its Digital Single Market Strategy, which is due to be published in May. These are: Better access for consumers and businesses to digital goods and services. This includes: Facilitating cross-border e-commerce, especially for SMEs, with harmonised consumer and contract rules and more efficient and affordable parcel delivery. Tackling geo-blocking to allow Europeans to use online services wherever they are within the EU, and on the same prices and terms. Modernising copyright law

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UK Parliamentary report calls for a new legal framework for UK secret intelligence agencies

The Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) of the UK Parliament has published its much anticipated report into the secret capabilities of the UK intelligence and security agencies (MI6, MI5 and GCHQ), in particular their powers to intercept electronic communications and acquire communications data. The full report is available here. The key recommendation of the report (entitled “Privacy and Security: A modern and transparent legal framework”) is that the UK’s current laws governing the activities of the agencies be replaced in their entirety by a new, transparent, legal framework. The report

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UK 2015 Budget Includes Key Technology Funding Announcements

The UK’s 2015 Budget has provided a platform for the UK government to reaffirm its commitment to the development of the digital economy. Chancellor George Osborne announced a number of measures affecting the digital and technology sectors in the Budget, and in this post we highlight the main ones relevant to the TMT sector. The UK Government plans to invest up to £600m to reallocate spectrum so as to open up the 700 MHz spectrum for further use in 4G networks, and to improve 4G coverage nationwide. The additional spectrum

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UK Government seeks to preserve data retention powers

On 10 July, the UK government announced cross-party backing for emergency legislation designed to ensure that the police and security services can continue to access communications data held by communications service providers for the purpose of investigating criminal activity and protecting national security.  This is in response to the recent CJEU judgment of 8 April 2014 in joined cases (C-293/12 Digital Rights Ireland & C-594/12 Seitlinger) which declared the Data Retention Directive (2006/24/EC) invalid (as discussed here in a previous post). The draft Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill (the “Bill“)

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Hogan Lovells Assists Vodafone in the Preparation of its First Law Enforcement Disclosure Report

Vodafone’s publication last Friday of its first Law Enforcement Disclosure Reportattracted global press attention and comment. The report provides detailed insight into the legal frameworks, governance principles and operating procedures associated with responding to demands for assistance from law enforcement and intelligence agencies in 29 countries in which Vodafone operates. Our London office team worked closely with Vodafone’s own in-house team to design and co-ordinate a multi-jurisdictional research effort involving Hogan Lovells colleagues and external counsel in the 29 countries in question. The resulting research informed the creation by Vodafone

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Survey Exposes Gaps in UK Companies’ Readiness for Cyber Threats

A recent survey from the UK Government’s Department for Business, Innovation & Skills has highlighted that the majority of FTSE 350 firms are not regularly taking cyber risks into account in their decision making. Despite a growing international trend in cyber crime targeted at businesses, the survey showed that only 14 percent of FTSE 350 companies regularly consider cyber threats, and nearly half of those surveyed do not even include cyber risks on their company’s strategic risk register.

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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 should consider when responding to a cyber attack, and the options for protecting a business with cyber risk and data protection insurance.

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UK launches new police unit to tackle online piracy and counterfeits

The UK Government has announced the launch of a new police unit aimed at targeting intellectual property crime. In particular, the unit will be focused on tackling online piracy and other forms of intellectual property crime such as counterfeit goods. The intention to set up the unit was originally announced last December. This more recent announcement confirms: details of the unit’s funding for the next 2 years – the UK Intellectual Property Office will provide £2.5 million in funding over that period its location – the unit will be established and run

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Draft EU Cyber Security Directive – UK call for evidence

In February 2013, the European Union published the EU Cyber Security Strategy and accompanying Directive (covered in previous posts, and available here). Now, in anticipation of the implementation of the Directive, the UK’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has published a call for evidence to look at the impact of the Directive upon businesses in the UK.

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UK Information Commissioner issues cloud computing guidelines for business

The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published guidelines to businesses about the data protection aspects of cloud computing services.  In particular, the guidelines seek to highlight that businesses remain responsible for how personal data is looked after, even if they pass it to cloud network providers. While cloud computing solutions have been around for a while, the ICO appears to be concerned that many businesses do not realise that they remain legally responsible for how their data is looked after, even after passing it to the cloud network provider.