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Posted in Cybersecurity, Data Protection & Privacy, Internet of Things, Policy & Regulation, Technology

Webinar: The impact of California Privacy and Cybersecurity law on IoT in the home

We are pleased to invite you to the next webinar in our Internet of Things series, focusing on the impact of the following California (and other) laws on IoT offerings: California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) The new California Privacy Rights and Enforcement Act (CPRA) The California IoT security bill California and other privacy laws have a significant impact on consumer applications and devices for home-based use. Through representative use cases in the following areas, attorneys in our top-rated Hogan Lovells Privacy and Cybersecurity practice will discuss strategies for building and

Posted in Policy & Regulation, Technology, Telecoms & Broadband

Election 2020 Snapshot: Helping our technology and telecom clients make sense of the U.S. election results

An overhaul of tech antirust policy? Increased telecommunications regulations coupled with expanding telecoms infrastructure? Business as usual for Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFUIS) investigations? We explore these questions and more in our analysis of the Biden administration’s potential approach to technology and telecommunications policy. Click here to read more

Posted in Digital Single Market (EU), e-commerce, Internet, Policy & Regulation, Technology

Shaping Europe’s Digital Future – EU publishes its draft Digital Services Act

Awaited with bated breath by stakeholders in the online industry and by IP right holders alike, the EU Commission published on 15 December its official draft for the Digital Services Act (DSA). The DSA is conceived as one of the central pillars for its ambition to shape Europe’s digital future. Its published draft aims high, both in the scope of topics it covers, and the depth in which it addresses them. The DSA provides a staggered set of obligations and liability rules for all intermediaries (such as internet access providers,

Posted in Digital Single Market (EU), e-commerce, Internet, Policy & Regulation, Technology Photo of Christopher ThomasPhoto of Myrto TagaraPhoto of Alexandra Bray

DMA – a whole new world for large platform service providers?

On 15 December The European Commission published the long awaited Digital Markets Act proposal. The Proposed Regulation imposes a series of ex ante behavioural obligations on entities that the Commission designates as ‘gatekeepers’. The obligations for those designated platforms and the potential sanctions largely resemble behavioural remedies and fines that the European Commission might otherwise seek to impose under its competition law powers. The Commission’s enforcement action is expected to be intense, with ten on-site investigations per year and an additional 80 full time staff.

Posted in Artificial Intelligence, Policy & Regulation, Technology

Civil liability regime for artificial intelligence

On 20 October 2020, the European Parliament put forward detailed legislative proposals on a civil liability regime for artificial intelligence. The European Commission will consider the proposals and reports submitted by the European Parliament, with its legislative proposal on these matters being expected in early 2021. Changes to EU Civil Liability Framework  The proposal creates a two-fold liability regime consisting of “high-risk” AI systems and “other” AI systems. Common principles for operators of both high-risk and other AI-systems include: Operators cannot escape liability on the grounds that the harm was

Posted in M&A, Technology Photo of Mark ParsonsPhoto of Tommy Liu

How to navigate data protection and cybersecurity issues in M&As in Asia-Pacific

In recent years, the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region has been a core hub of merger and acquisition (M&A) activity, emerging relatively unscathed from the COVID-19 pandemic which has otherwise taken a toll on investment activity in 2020. Despite global economic headwinds and growing geopolitical uncertainties, signs of recovery in APAC deal-making have begun to merge as ambitious investors in the region look for both shelter and new opportunities in a time of unprecedented challenges. As we move at a breakneck pace into the digital era, data becomes more of a critical

Posted in Internet of Things, Policy & Regulation, Technology

UK Government calls for feedback on regulation of IoT device security

Following the UK Government’s announcement in January 2020 that it would be moving forwards with regulation on consumer IoT device security, the Government has now published its legislative proposals and is seeking feedback from interested parties by 6 September 2020. The Government’s proposals impose new requirements on manufacturers for the manufacture and sale of consumer smart devices, and also introduce the appointment of a new designated body to oversee compliance and enforcement. What do you need to know? The proposed legislation sets out three baseline security requirements, which are derived

Posted in Policy & Regulation, Technology Photo of Penny ThorntonPhoto of Oliver Wilson

UK regulator publishes consultation on video-sharing platform regulation

On Friday 16 July 2020, the UK communications regulator, Ofcom, published a consultation on video-sharing platform regulation, calling for views by 24 September 2020. The UK government intends to introduce a new statutory framework this Autumn to implement the revised Audio-Visual Media Services Directive, including new obligations on UK-established video-sharing platforms (which the consultation says might include platforms such as TikTok and Twitch). This is an interim regime for the regulation of UK video-sharing platforms until the new online harms framework comes into force. Ofcom is seeking views now from

Posted in Copyright, Intellectual Property, patents, Technology Photo of Burkhart GoebelPhoto of Miriam GundtPhoto of Celine CrowsonPhoto of Lloyd Parker

Global Intellectual Property Outlook 2020 – Two steps forward and a look back

Our fourth annual Global Intellectual Property Outlook reflects on some of the biggest developments from 2019, and provides valuable insights on upcoming changes in 2020. From key decisions and the latest case law, to how emerging technology, policy and trade will impact your IP portfolio and strategy. The start to 2020 has been an unprecedented time for us all. As citizens, businesses, governments and regulators adjust to the new challenges presented by the global spread of COVID-19, and social distancing and remote working become the new norm, there is no

Posted in Advertising, Data Protection & Privacy, Technology

Webinar Invitation — AdTech and Privacy: Managing Risk in a Complex and Evolving Digital Economy

Join Hogan Lovells and Ankura to learn about the impact of the GDPR and CCPA on cookies and similar AdTech tracking technologies. James Denvil from Hogan Lovells’ Privacy and Cybersecurity practice by senior directors from Ankura to share best practices and their perspectives. Program topics will include: Cookies and Similar Tracking Technologies Defined How cookies and similar tracking technologies support and enhance digital services, including advertising Types of cookies (are your cookies strictly necessary or for marketing purposes?) Ways in which consumers’ digital activities are shared throughout the digital advertising

Posted in Internet, Internet of Things, Technology

Webinar: Internet of Things or Internet of Payments?

Making (the Internet of) Things pay? Will cars, fridges, watches, printers, and other moving and non-moving parts of the Internet of Things know value for money when they see it? At a time when the world is increasingly in need of connecting remotely, devices allowing transacting and paying remotely will be a common feature of the billions of devices that interact. Please join us our webinar, Internet of Things or Internet of Payments? We will look at the growth of connected devices, why payments are so important to this growth, and

Posted in Technology, Telecoms & Broadband Photo of Peter WattsPhoto of Caitlin Weeks

Connection vs Contagion – A digital world amplifies risk and opportunity when the going gets tough

As COVID-19 erupts with unprecedented speed and scale and immediate health concerns hold centre stage, concern grows about economic fallout threatening millions of livelihoods. This crisis will be different The coming economic crisis will be very different from any that has come before. One reason is the nature of the trigger – impacting both production and consumption, disproportionately affecting activities involving physical human contact and generating real fear. But the coming months will also highlight ways in which underlying changes since the crisis of 2008/9 have created new areas of

Posted in Intellectual Property, Technology

Tech Tax – Looking Forward to 2020

Following-up from our previous blogs on Tech Tax, we thought it would be useful to take a whirlwind tour of what to expect in tax and transfer pricing related topics in 2020. But for those that are curious, why are such seemingly dry topics so relevant to tech companies? It’s because their dynamism and continual state of change almost inevitably have tax consequences, or attract attention from tax authorities. It is also relevant because of the importance of IP to their business models and value creation, the inexorable growth of the digital

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 been considering the need to develop a robust regulatory framework governing the cybersecurity of consumer IoT devices, to ensure that these devices are sufficiently secure from cyber-threats. What will the new legislation

Posted in Technology, Telecoms & Broadband Photo of Trey Hanbury

What I’m Watching For at #CES2020

I’m headed to #CES2020 this week with a backup battery, comfortable shoes, and a lot of questions. After eyeing the new televisions and fancy cars, I intend to focus on learning more about the following areas: 5G. Each of the major wireless operators has their own blend of frequencies and their own conception of what will move consumers to take advantage of an immensely more capable and robust wireless 5G NR technology platform. How are the carriers using their preexisting technology choices and spectrum mixes to capture market share and

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 comes out of the OECD, including on 9 Dec on the second round of proposals.  Working with advisors to assess the potential impact. Late last week OECD held a public

Posted in Policy & Regulation, Technology Photo of Trey Hanbury

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 solutions to the FCC to promote broadband deployment and precision agriculture, standardize data collections, and target funding towards unserved areas.  The Task Force is also slated to identify ways for

Posted in Advertising, Technology Photo of Anthonia Ghalamkarizadeh

esports – gearing up to play in the pro leagues!

esports are so much more than an innovative, rapidly growing competitive sports discipline: from a brand owner and investor perspective, esports also provide truly global multi-channel opportunities for unique marketing and advertising initiatives with the potential to appeal to today’s over-sated young audiences. And with the rapid growth of the industry comes its increasingly sophisticated regulation, providing a degree of stability and legal certainty that is crucial for attracting investment. In short, esports come equipped with everything to make the industry a vibrant hot-spot for exciting new business initiatives. At

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 monitoring. The report aims to provide insight for what is on the horizon for tech companies, giving them a ‘heads up’ on how they should look at their business models

Posted in Technology

Tech events – Autumn 2019

London: Tech – Who Wins? Who Loses?   20 years after the bursting of the dotcom bubble, the business of technology is more turbulent than ever. As regulators and politicians pose difficult questions about digitalisation, how will that impact those who put technology at the heart of their business models? Do big deals and digital transformation which blur the boundaries between tech and other sectors come with new risks – for tech companies and their more traditional rivals? What will soaring valuations mean if a downturn comes? In several events this autumn, we

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

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 Administration (NOAA) representatives, participated. During the meeting, CSSMA announced its new officer board. Michael Miniero of Hawkeye 360 will serve as chairman, Nick Spina of Kepler Communications as president, Emilie Siemssen

Posted in Technology, Telecoms & Broadband Photo of Tony LinPhoto of George John

Smallsat 2019 Highlights 2020 Could Shake out the Smallsat Industry on Multiple Fronts

On August 3-8, the small satellite (“smallsat”) community flocked to Logan, Utah for Smallsat 2019. The conference drew nearly 3500 participants representing more than one thousand organizations and forty-five countries. The attendees included smallsat operators, ground-station-as-a-service providers, launchers and launch integrators, component manufacturers, students, enthusiasts, and even some attorneys. In addition to the noticeable increase in attendance, a few other themes, highlighted below, jumped out. Orbital debris mitigation continues to dominate conversation The keynote by OneWeb’s Greg Wyler set the initial tone: companies should be focusing on satellite reliability and not

Posted in Technology, Telecoms & Broadband Photo of Peter WattsPhoto of Michele Farquhar

TMT Horizons 2019: Dynamism of TMT sector set to continue

Challengers can reach scale seemingly overnight, forcing market change at a similar speed. Established business models are upended, driving consolidation and restructuring. Regulators rush to respond, radically reshaping the environment. These trends show no sign of slowing down. This year’s TMT Horizons includes 22 short articles contributed by our lawyers around the globe, focusing on trends and issues our clients are facing and the fact that the intersection between the inherent dynamism of the sector and the increasing challenges to unchecked globalization will dominate the next chapter for TMT. Click