Tag Archives: Regulatory

Sense or censorship – the sequel. The Information Commissioner responds to the government’s online harms white paper

Avid readers of this blog (and we trust there are many of you!) will recall that the UK government recently published a white paper. The white paper sets out the UK government’s approach to regulating the internet to tackle online harms. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has just published the Information Commissioner’s (Commissioner) full response to … Continue Reading

The ICO’s take on explaining AI

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and the Alan Turing Institute have recently released an interim report (Report) outlining their approach to best practices in explaining artificial intelligence (AI) to users. The Report is of particular relevance to operators of AI systems who may be considering their duties under the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (GDPR). In … Continue Reading

60% of British adults and 80% of young teenagers suffered harm online in the last 12 months – the UK debate about the need to regulate the internet continues apace

Britain’s data protection and broadcasting regulators, the Information Commissioner’s Office and Ofcom, have published a joint Report looking into internet users’ concerns about online harms. The British government’s recently published White Paper, which outlined its approach for regulating the internet to tackle online harms, was informed by this Report. Methodology Over 3,000 interviews were conducted … Continue Reading

Regulating UK digital services – the British government shares its thoughts

The UK government recently published its response (Government Response) to a House of Lords committee report (Committee Report) discussing prospective regulation of digital services facilitated by the internet. The Government Response largely accepts the key recommendations of the Committee Report, and finds the Committee Report is closely aligned with the government’s preferred approach. The Government … Continue Reading

UK Jurisdiction Taskforce consultation on cryptoassets, distributed ledger technology and smart contracts

The UK Jurisdiction Taskforce (UKJT) recently published a consultation paper requesting submissions from stakeholders working with, or interested in, cryptoassets, distributed ledger technology (DLT) and smart contracts. Submissions will inform a legal statement by UKJT which will aim to settle questions on the legal status of cryptoassets and smart contracts. UKJT is drawn from industry, … Continue Reading

FCA and PRA jointly fine Raphaels Bank for outsourcing failure

R. Raphael & Sons plc (Raphaels) has received fines totalling £1,887,252 from the FCA and PRA for repeated failings in relation to inadequate systems and controls supporting the oversight and governance of its outsourcing arrangements. Raphaels outsourced certain functions that supported payment services for its prepaid and charge card programmes in the UK and Europe … Continue Reading

Council of Europe publish recommendations for the regulation of AI to protect human rights

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights has recently published recommendations for improving compliance with human rights regulations by parties developing, deploying or implementing artificial intelligence (AI). The recommendations are addressed to Member States. The principles concern stakeholders who significantly influence the development and implementation of an AI system. The Commissioner has focussed on … Continue Reading

CDEI calls for evidence to inform its review of online targeting and bias in algorithmic decision making

The Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI) is inviting submissions to help inform its review of online targeting and bias in algorithmic decision making. Online targeting Online targeting refers to providing individuals with relevant and engaging content, products, and services. Typically users experience targeting in the form of online advertising or personalised social media … Continue Reading

Sense or censorship? UK government publishes White Paper on tackling online harms

The UK Government has published a White Paper outlining its approach towards regulating the internet to tackle online harms. The White Paper cites a study carried out by the UK’s communications regulator (Ofcom) and data protection regulator (Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)). The study found that nearly one in four British adults suffered harm from either … Continue Reading

Cooperation and consistency? Nine months in, the EDPB reflects on GDPR

The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has published a report (Report) assessing the implementation and enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (GDPR). The Report focusses on how the cooperation and consistency mechanisms are being used by EU supervisory authorities (SAs). Cooperation mechanism Where cases involve cross-border processing, SAs cooperate through: Mutual assistance; … Continue Reading

Involved in AI? The ICO wants to hear from you.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is inviting organisations to help develop a framework for future auditing of artificial intelligence (AI). A team from the ICO’s Technology Policy and Innovation Directorate will develop the framework. The framework is intended to help regulators ensure AI applications are transparent, fair and appropriately risk assessed. As well as the … Continue Reading

e-Privacy meets GDPR – the European Data Protection Board shines some light

The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) published an opinion (Opinion) on the interplay between the ePrivacy Directive (Directive 2002/58/EC) and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (Regulation (EU) 2016/679). The Opinion responds to questions submitted by the Belgian data protection authority, specifically: whether data protection authorities (DPAs) are competent to regulate processing that triggers both … Continue Reading

Regulating digital services – UK parliament weighs in

The Select Committee on Communications of the House of Lords (Committee) published a report discussing UK regulation of ‘digital services facilitated by the internet’. We summarise some of the key recommendations of the report, which was published on 9 March 2019: 1. A central regulatory body called the Digital Authority should be set up to … Continue Reading

Highlighting the “SEC” in cybersecurity: Continued regulatory focus on preparedness and response

In recent months, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has emphasized cybersecurity as both an enforcement priority and corporate responsibility, demonstrating its continued focus on the need for issuers to have sufficient measures in place, including up-to-date compliance and incident response programs in order to maintain the integrity of the capital market system. The … Continue Reading

FTC’s PrivacyCon Highlights Consumer Privacy Perceptions and Targeting

The Federal Trade Commission is currently the most aggressive enforcement agency on privacy and data security. The agency kicked off 2016 with PrivacyCon on January 14, which put the spotlight on academic research on consumer privacy and security. The conference, which drew 400 attendees to Southwest D.C. and 1,500 more streaming online, showcased 19 papers … Continue Reading

The FTC Clarifies Native Advertising Enforcement Guidance

As publishers increasingly rely on more modern methods of native advertising – that is, ads designed to look and feel similar to a platform’s editorial content – as a source of revenue, the FTC has taken steps to clarify when native advertising may cross the line and become deceptive to consumers. Recently, the FTC published … Continue Reading

FTC Settlement with Snapchat – What Happens on Snapchat Stays on Snapchat?

Last Thursday, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that messaging app Snapchat agreed to settle charges that it deceived consumers with promises about the disappearing nature of messages sent through the app. The FTC case also alleged that the company deceived consumers over the amount of personal data the app collected, and the security measures … Continue Reading

FERC Issues Order to Investigate Possible Violations of its Cyber Security Protocols for the Electric Grid

This post was also written by Amy Mushahwar. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order on July 20, 2012 to investigate whether any Authorized Certification Authorities (ACAs) had violated the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Standards, which outline various security requirements and specifications for the electric grid.1  The Order requires all … Continue Reading
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