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Kari’s Law Compliance Obligations Begin February 16, 2020

Kari’s Law, signed into law on February 16, 2018, requires organizations that use multi-line telephone systems (MLTS) to provide callers with the ability to dial 911 directly from any telephone in the system. MLTS are often used in hotels, office buildings, corporate and educational campuses, and other enterprises. As a result, a wide variety of organizations will be impacted … Continue Reading

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Eleventh Cir. Rejects Broad Reading of “Autodialer”

On January 27, 2020, an Eleventh Circuit panel released a landmark ruling in Glasser v. Hilton Grand Vacations Company, LLC. The key issue in the case was how to interpret ambiguous language in the Telephone Consumer Protection Act’s (TCPA) definition of “automatic telephone dialing system” (ATDS or autodialer). In recent years, imprecise statutory phrasing and the Federal Communication Commission’s … Continue Reading

Posted in Cybersecurity, Internet, Policy & Regulation, Technology

UK Government set to move forwards with regulation on consumer IoT device security

UK Government set to move forwards with regulation on consumer IoT device security

The UK Government has just announced that it intends to draw up legislation aimed at ensuring that all consumer smart devices sold in the UK adhere to rigorous security requirements for the Internet of Things (“IoT“).

Over the last couple of years, the Government has … Continue Reading

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AG Says ePrivacy Applies to Government Access to Communications Data

On  January 15, the Court of Justice of the European Union’s (CJEU) Advocate General (AG) Manuel Campos Sánchez-Bordona delivered his Opinion on four references for preliminary rulings on the topic of retention of and access to communications data.

Of the four references, two originated from France, one from Belgium, and one from the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) in the United … Continue Reading

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Congress Passes Bipartisan Robocall Legislation

On December 19, 2019, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Pallone-Thune Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act (S. 151), which the House of Representatives passed in a 417-3 vote earlier this month.  With the Senate’s passage of the reconciled bill, the bipartisan legislation now heads to President Trump’s desk for his review.

The Pallone-Thune TRACED … Continue Reading

Posted in Policy & Regulation, Spectrum Photo of Tony LinPhoto of George John

WRC-19 Revamps ITU Radio Regulations to Accommodate Emerging Communications Technologies

Communications technologies often evolve more quickly than the regulatory frameworks governing them. To keep pace, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) revisits the ITU’s Radio Regulations governing radiofrequency spectrum use approximately every four years to accommodate new technologies and uses. Between WRCs, national administrations and ITU sector members (interested companies and trade associations, for example) meet in … Continue Reading

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Getting Cookie Consent Right

One could be forgiven for thinking that knowing how to comply with a legal obligation that has been in place for nearly a decade would be clear cut. However, widespread practice tells us that this is far from the truth. In November 2009, as part of wider reforms to the European telecommunications regulatory framework, the European Union introduced various amendments … Continue Reading

Posted in Policy & Regulation, Spectrum Photo of Trey HanburyPhoto of Ari Fitzgerald

FCC Issues Public Notice on Spectrum Allocations for UAS Operations

The FCC recently issued a Public Notice that sought comment on whether to make the 960-1164 MHz and 5030-5091 MHz bands available to support unmanned aerial system operations (UAS).

The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 required the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), and the FCC to submit a report to Congress on whether to … Continue Reading

Posted in Policy & Regulation, Technology

Tech Tax and the OECD: it’s as easy as A, B, C

What is it about? OECD proposals to tax the digital economy which will significantly impact all large tech companies that are consumer oriented.

What will the impact be? Businesses will pay more tax. Impact on cash-flow, earnings per share and valuations. There will also be lots of complexity to ensure compliance.

What should businesses be doing now? Watching for what … Continue Reading

Posted in Policy & Regulation, Privacy and Security Litigation Photo of Eduardo Ustaran

Hogan Lovells calls for an alternative approach to regulating privacy in the digital economy

LONDON, 25 November 2019 – Hogan Lovells has published a study evaluating the ongoing legislative proposal for a new ePrivacy Regulation, a law aimed at updating the current ePrivacy framework in the EU.

After nearly three years of debates and negotiations, the European Union is nowhere near agreeing a position on how to achieve the right balance between the need … Continue Reading

Posted in Policy & Regulation, Spectrum Photo of Michele FarquharPhoto of Ari Fitzgerald

FCBA Event Highlights Innovative History and Future for Spectrum Auctions

On November 12, members of the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) gathered in Washington, DC, to commemorate 25 years of spectrum auctions at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  Hosted at Hogan Lovells LLP, the event featured current and former FCC staff members and industry lawyers, who discussed the history and future of spectrum auctions. The FCC’s leadership and strong record … Continue Reading

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FCC Announces Members of Precision Agriculture Task Force

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in consultation with the Department of Agriculture, announced the members of the Task Force for Reviewing the Connectivity and Technology Needs of Precision Agriculture in the United States (Task Force). The Task Force, an advisory body to the FCC, will investigate the current state of broadband access in agricultural lands and recommend policies and regulatory … Continue Reading

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Defense Department and FCC to Collaborate on 5G Testbeds

On October 23, 2019, the U.S. Department of Defense announced a plan to pilot 5G technologies on four military installations in partnership with private industry and the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.  Lisa Porter, Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, revealed the Defense Department’s plans during an appearance at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Los Angeles with FCC Chairman … Continue Reading

Posted in Blockchain, Policy & Regulation

Hogan Lovells Blockchain Summit

Please join us and Global Digital Finance for a series of in-depth panels and presentations on regulatory and compliance issues from industry leaders and legal compliance specialists on “The Impact of Digital Assets on Financial Institutions”.

When: Tuesday 5 November 2019, 2.30pm – 5.30pm (Conference); 5.30pm – 8.00pm (Drinks Reception) (GMT)

Where: Hogan Lovells London

Keynote speakers:

Lawrence Wintermeyer

Co-Chair, … Continue Reading

Posted in Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Copyright, Cybersecurity, Data Protection & Privacy, Intellectual Property, Internet, Policy & Regulation, Technology

A Turning Point for Tech – Global survey on digital regulation

Whilst political uncertainty may have businesses’ attention fixed, the Hogan Lovells Global Survey on Digital Regulation: ‘A Turning Point for Tech’ suggests that tech companies should be looking elsewhere. During yesterday’s launch at Hogan Lovells’ London Office, editor of the survey, Falk Schoening uncovered the 452 digital regulations that had been proposed across 16 jurisdictions in just six months of … Continue Reading

Posted in Policy & Regulation, Spectrum, Telecoms & Broadband Photo of Trey Hanbury

FCC Announces Participants in Auction 103

In a Public Notice released October 7, 2019, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced the status of the 39 short-form applications for Auction 103, which is scheduled to begin on December 10, 2019. Auction 103 will offer 14,144 licenses covering some 3,400 megahertz of spectrum in the Upper 37 GHz, 39 GHz, and 47 GHz bands.

The FCC announced 29 Continue Reading

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California Enacts Another CCPA – Robocall Legislation

On October 2, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the Consumer Call Protection Act of 2019 to address the rise in deceptive robocalls and protect California consumers from fraudulent calls.

The law requires telecommunications service providers to implement Secure Telephony Identity Revisited (STIR) and Secure Handling of Asserted information using toKENs (SHAKEN) protocols by January 1, 2021.  These protocols are … Continue Reading

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CJEU: Consent on the Internet Means ‘Opt-In’

On 1 October 2019, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) handed down a crucial decision impacting the way that consent is obtained on the internet. The judgment relates to Case C-673/17 (Planet49 – a previous post outlining the background can be found here).

In the Planet49 case, the German Federal Court referred a number of questions … Continue Reading

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World Satellite Week Brings Smallsats and CSSMA to Paris

The Commercial Smallsat Spectrum Management Association (CSSMA) held its second meeting of 2019 in Paris on September 10, during World Satellite Business Week. CSSMA members gathered at the office of the French Centre National D’Études Spatiales (CNES) for a half-day session featuring industry updates and presentations. Approximately thirty CSSMA members, along with CNES and U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric … Continue Reading

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The ICO Updates Its Data Sharing Code of Practice

On 9 July 2019 the UK data protection authority (ICO) updated its Data Sharing Code of Practice (first published in 2011) (Code). On the same day, the ICO also announced its intention to fine Marriott International just over £99m for infringements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), highlighting the importance of due diligence in the context of data sharing.… Continue Reading

Posted in Cybersecurity, Policy & Regulation Photo of Federico Hernández Arroyo

Cybersecurity (or lack thereof) under new administration

Tech, Data, Telecoms & Media, Mexico

Introduction

In 2014 the previous administration announced its commitment to creating a national cybersecurity strategy. This strategy formed part of the National Development Plan 2013-2018, which also provided for the national digital strategy – an initiative aimed at fostering digitisation in Mexico through:

  • a digital government;
  • open data;
  • digital inclusion;
  • enhanced digital skills; and
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Posted in Internet, Policy & Regulation

Digital Battle in Russia: Russian Parliament will consider a Draft Law on Foreign Ownership Restrictions in Significant Internet / Information Resources in Russia

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Russia is facing potential restrictions of foreign ownership in digital companies. This follows on similar restrictions over Russian mass media companies and online cinemas which took effect in 2016 and 2017, respectively. These proposed amendments coincide with the announcement of major e-commerce and foodtech JV deals in Russia with participation … Continue Reading

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New French Guidelines on Cookies and Trackers

On 19 July the French Data Protection Authority (the “CNIL”) published new guidelines on cookies and trackers. These replace the existing Recommendation No. 2013-378 of 5 December 2013, are intended to be in line with relevant GDPR provisions and have been produced in anticipation of the future ePrivacy Regulation. The guidelines will be supplemented, at a later stage, with sectoral … Continue Reading