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Posted in Internet, Policy & Regulation Winston Maxwell

Using artificial intelligence to fight hate speech

Hogan Lovells partner Winston Maxwell spoke at the executive roundtable on artificial intelligence and online hate speech, organised on January 31, 2019 by CERRE, the Centre on Regulation in Europe. The goal of the roundtable was to discuss what measures should be adopted to fight hate speech online and to look at the pros and cons of using machine-learning in … Continue Reading

Posted in Cybersecurity, Data Protection & Privacy, Drones, Internet, Policy & Regulation, Technology Mark Parsons

Privacy, Cybersecurity, and the Internet of Things in Asia: What to Expect in 2019

Increasing numbers of initiatives, devices, and solutions related to the Internet of Things (IoT) are substantially impacting the development of cybersecurity and data privacy regulations throughout Asia. After the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in Europe, for example, Asian lawmakers are considering strengthening their own data protection laws. The region is also characterized by a push in … Continue Reading

Posted in e-commerce, Internet, Policy & Regulation, Technology

UK Tax Authority tightens the screws on tech companies

When is an amnesty not an amnesty? When the carrot is the (possible) absence of stick.

HMRC announced today the introduction of their new Profits Diversion Compliance Facility (PDCF). This is a way for multinationals to take the initiative and explain their legal and operational structures before HMRC launch their next wave of full-scale “transfer pricing” investigations into corporates. The … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy, Drones, Internet, Policy & Regulation, Spectrum, Technology Michele FarquharTimothy TobinMark Parsons

The Internet of Things Webinar Series: 2018 in a nutshell and what 2019 has in store for IoT

On 18th December we hosted the final instalment in our Internet of Things Webinar series for 2018 (more to come in 2019!). Michele Farquhar, Tim Tobin, Mark Parsons, and Valerie Kenyon provided a round-up of the hot topics from 2018, including key regulatory and legal developments in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, in areas such as connected vehicles, drones, smart … Continue Reading

Posted in Internet, Policy & Regulation Adrian Emch

China: Appetite for anti-unfair competition action in the Internet space

It’s been almost a year since the new “Internet clause” in China’s Anti-Unfair Competition Law (AUCL) is in force. The enforcement authority hasn’t used it much in 2018. But one decision is noteworthy.

AUCL amendment

On 1 January 2018, the first amendment to the AUCL since its enactment in 1993 came into effect. One of the major changes … Continue Reading

Posted in Internet, Policy & Regulation, Technology Christine Gateau

Overcoming IoT litigation challenges: Will regulatory developments in the EU influence the design of connected devices?

How large is the market for the Internet of Things (IoT)? In 2017, the number of IoT products in use was about 8.4 billion. That’s a massive number, and a 31 percent increase over the previous year. And the market continues to grow exponentially; connected products are now found in virtually every area of our lives. So are regulations keeping … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy, Internet Christine GateauMichelle Kisloff

The Internet of Things Webinar Series: Overcoming IoT Litigation Challenges

On October 2, 2018, Hogan Lovells hosted the most recent instalment in its Internet of Things Webinar (IoT) Series. Two of our experienced litigation partners, Christine Gateau in Paris and Michelle Kisloff in Washington DC, discussed current regulatory actions and cutting-edge IoT litigation debates in the U.S. and Europe, as well as litigation risks to keep in mind when designing … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy, Internet Christine GateauMichelle Kisloff

Invitation: The Internet of Things Webinar Series: Overcoming IoT Litigation Challenges

We are pleased to invite you to the next webinar in our Internet of Things (IoT) series. As IoT technology and devices continue their rapid advancement, they will have a very real role in litigation. In this 60-minute webinar, we’ll help you prepare for the expected and the unexpected, focusing on risk assessment, rising issues, and key challenges, so you … Continue Reading

Posted in e-commerce, Internet, Policy & Regulation, Technology Christian Ritz

Digital competition policy on the move: Price algorithms in the German Monopolies Commission’s spotlight – European Commission launches consultation process

Price algorithms are clearly the “talk of the town” in the European competition law community these days. Just last week, the German Monopolies Commission published a report in which it discusses potential anti-competitive effects of price algorithms and proposes far-reaching amendments to the competition law enforcement framework. Meanwhile, the European Commission has announced a consultation process with a view towards … Continue Reading

Posted in Internet, Policy & Regulation, Telecoms & Broadband Logan BreedTrey HanburyAlexander MaltasDaniel Graulich

The FTC’s role in monitoring broadband markets following the FCC’s adoption of the Restoring Internet Freedom Order

Amid the ongoing discussion surrounding “net neutrality,” the FTC’s role in overseeing broadband Internet access service (BIAS) has received increasing scrutiny following the recent passage of the FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order (“RIF Order”). Several recent developments indicate that, although the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will continue to have a shared role in monitoring broadband markets, the Federal Trade Commissions … Continue Reading

Posted in Cybersecurity, Internet, Policy & Regulation, Technology

TMT China Brief – Summer 2018

This edition features a total of 14 articles which capture various significant TMT developments in Greater China. These developments cover an extraordinary breadth of topics and demonstrate a strong increase in the nuance and complexity of TMT law and practice in the region.

Cybersecurity in China remains a hot topic. The Cyber Security Law is already in place but the … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy, Internet, Policy & Regulation, Technology Paul OttoElisabethann Wright

Internet of Things Webinar Recording: Medical Devices

In the third instalment of the 2018 Internet of Things Webinar (IoT) Series, Yarmela Pavlovic, Paul Otto, Elisabethann Wright, and Fabien Roy hosted an educational webinar focusing on the evolving world of connected medical devices.

Fabien described the regulatory framework applicable to digital health technologies regulated as medical devices in the EU. He explained the criteria which must be met … Continue Reading

Posted in Internet, Policy & Regulation, Technology

How the Internet of Things could redefine product safety and liability in the EU

How big is the Internet of Things (IoT)? It’s likely that there will be tens of billions of connected devices in use by 2020. As this massive network of “things” keeps expanding, so do the number of questions about IoT-related product safety and liability issues.

When we’re thinking about the standard of safety for IoT products, we need to look … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy, Internet, Technology Christine Gateau

Following a cyber attack, IoT device manufacturers, data controllers, and sellers could face liability under the EU’s Product Liability Directive and the GDPR

Advancements in technology may provide consumers with a continuous stream of upgraded products, but they’re also proving that current security and privacy regulations fall short within the Internet of Things (IoT). New devices with unprecedented capabilities are challenging traditional beliefs about liability and consumer protections. In an environment of ever-changing regulations, how do device manufacturers reduce liability risks?

In this … Continue Reading

Posted in Internet, Technology, Telecoms & Broadband

Over-the-air software updates for IoT devices present companies with product liability and safety opportunities — and challenges

Mobile devices within the Internet of Things (IoT) are continuously benefitting from rapid technological advancements. And once those devices are sold to consumers, over-the-air (OTA) software updates ensure they can be modified to stay current with new capabilities. Consumer electronics companies can remotely change product features, deliver messages or warnings, identify safety-related activities, gather data, and solve issues.

But OTA … Continue Reading

Posted in Internet, Policy & Regulation

Is online video like television? New white paper launched today demonstrates that the policing of TV and internet services requires a ‘three layer approach’

Hogan Lovells and leading TMT consultancy Analysys Mason have launched a white paper today which argues for retaining a ‘three layer approach’ to video regulation in the face of ongoing changes to how video content is consumed by viewers.

After a preliminary political agreement was reached on revision of the EU’s Audiovisual Media Services (AVMS) Directive, the white paper, “TV Continue Reading

Posted in e-commerce, Internet, Technology, Telecoms & Broadband

Italy: Double score at TopLegal Industry Awards

We are excited to announce our awards in the two categories below in Tuesday’s TopLegal Industry Awards.

Best Technology Lawyer of the Year – Marco Berliri

“Among the Italian industry sector greater experts“

Best Pharmaceutical Law Firm of the Year

“A team with an outstanding patent litigation track record“

These awards are testament to our holistic, collaborative approach and … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, Digital Single Market (EU), e-commerce, Internet Alberto Bellan

DSM Watch – Platforms: EU Commission issues a Recommendation and a draft Regulation as the DSM approach towards ISPs takes (an irregular) shape

In a nutshell: As part of the DSM strategy, the Commission has recently published a series of new proposals impacting platforms and ISPs, including a Recommendation on tackling illegal content online and a draft Regulation on promoting fairness and transparency for business users of e-commerce platforms. In these new documents, the Commission addresses consumer protection, fair competition and notice-and-take-down obligations. Continue Reading

Posted in Internet, Technology

The Internet of Things Webinar Series: Product Liability in Europe

On April 11, 2018, Hogan Lovells hosted another installment in its 2018 webinar series on emerging issues involving the Internet of Things (IoT). This webinar focused on product liability in Europe.

New connected products are hitting the market at an unprecedented rate, so staying aligned with the evolving regulatory and legal issues is more important than ever. With the opportunity … Continue Reading

Posted in Internet, Technology

How to secure the right type of IP protection for wearable-technology products

From wristbands that count your steps, to skin patches that measure your sun exposure, a wide range of products are entering the wearable-technology market and raising new questions about intellectual property (IP) claims and protection. In this hoganlovells.com interview, Katie McConnell, counsel in the Hogan Lovells London office, provides an overview of the unique challenges market players face in the … Continue Reading

Posted in Internet, Policy & Regulation, Technology

Upcoming meeting signals the growing role of federal regulators over IoT and product safety

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) will host a hearing on May 16, 2018 on potential safety hazards associated with internet-connected consumer products.  With primary jurisdiction over consumer product safety, the CPSC’s evaluation of risk affects everything from design evaluation to mandatory recalls.  The CPSC will use the information the public provides at the hearing and in written comments … Continue Reading

Posted in Advertising, Internet, Policy & Regulation, Technology Peter WattsOliver Wilson

House of Lords issues report on digital advertising market

Yesterday the House of Lords published a report into the UK’s digital advertising market.  It includes: a call for a CMA study into whether the market is working fairly for businesses and consumers; proposals for enhancing workforce skills and attracting international talent; and, for those who have been involved the debate about digital ads, it covers some familiar themes:

  1. Measuring
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Posted in Data Protection & Privacy, Internet, Policy & Regulation Christine GateauChristelle CoslinPauline Faron

First views from the CJEU on how to build a consumer collective action in the Schrems v Facebook Ireland case: The concept of “consumer” and lack of jurisdiction of the consumer’s home court over assigned claims

The famous case brought by Maximilian Schrems against Facebook Ireland in Austria, aimed to become an international and large data protection class action, led on 25 January 2018 to a ruling from the CJEU on two main points:
  • A consumer’s right to have a claim heard in his or her home court under European law does not extend so as
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Posted in Internet, Policy & Regulation

Italy: New Web Tax and definition of permanent establishment

The Web Tax

Italy has introduced a new so-called “Web Tax”, a new tax on certain digital transactions. This will apply from 1 January following the issue of the relevant Decree of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, most likely 1 January 2019.

Web Tax applies to digital services provided by Italian and foreign operators via the internet or other … Continue Reading