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A team from Hogan Lovells consider the regulatory regimes governing digital accessibility in the UK and EU. Summary: In the era of digital transformation, the need to ensure products and services are accessible to all, including those who experience some form of disability, is greater than ever. While there is not (yet) a global uniform…

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A team from DLA Piper survey the opportunities and legal risks associated with the burgeoning ‘FemTech’ sector Due to an exponential growth in the investment in female health and wellbeing, Forbes and Dealroom reported that 2023 saw $1.14bn raised collectively across 120 deals in ‘FemTech’. The phrase refers to technology products and services that help…

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A team from Bird & Bird precis the key points of the Automated Vehicles Act, which received Royal Assent just before Parliament was dissolved. The Automated Vehicles Act 2024 received Royal Assent on 20 May 2024. Its swift motion through parliament in an election year has been a relief to many, having been first introduced…

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Once upon a time technologies like artificial intelligence and the metaverse were confined to the annals of science fiction. No longer, both innovations exist in the here and now, with vast potential to transform our world. These emergent technologies, however, are not without attributes of concern, one of which is  energy consumption and the consequent…

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EU Law European Commission reports on Enforcement and Modernisation Directive compliance The European Commission has reviewed the Enforcement and Modernisation Directive which updated various EU consumer laws to reflect the digital world and to improve enforcement. The Commission found that all member states have introduced the required minimum fines of 4% of global turnover (or…

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The CJEU has issued its ruling in Case C-400/22 | Conny. It ruled that the order button, or a similar function, must clearly indicate that, by clicking on it, the consumer assumes an obligation to pay. This applies even if the obligation to pay depends on the satisfaction of a subsequent condition. The case arose…

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The CJEU has issued its ruling in Case C-400/22 | Conny. It ruled that the order button, or a similar function, must clearly indicate that, by clicking on it, the consumer assumes an obligation to pay. This applies even if the obligation to pay depends on the satisfaction of a subsequent condition. The case arose…

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The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled in Joined Cases C-662/22 | Airbnb Ireland and C-667/22 | Amazon Services Europe, Case C-663/22 | Expedia, Joined Cases C-664/22 | Google Ireland and C-666/22 | Eg Vacation Rentals Ireland, and Case C-665/22 | Amazon Services Europe. In Italy, providers of online intermediation services and…

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Advocate General Szpunar (AG) has issued an Opinion in Case C‑159/23: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd v Datel Design and Development Ltd and others. The Advocate General has expressed the opinion that Article 1(1) to (3) of Directive 2009/24/EC on the legal protection of computer programs (Software Directive) must be interpreted as meaning that the…

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Victor Gurr, Trainee Solicitor, Gisby Harrison Solicitors was nominated to attend the recent SCL 50th Anniversary Conference on 10 October 2023 as a tech law “rising star”.  “Rising stars” are invited to record their impressions of the Conference in any form they choose (in previous years these have been event reports, infographs and even poems!). These…

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What separates humanity from technology? The sudden omniscience of ChatGPT in November 2022 has prompted a good deal of philosophising on that question with the apparent gap between the human and the machine growing ever less defined. There is as yet little common ground on where the boundary lies but one oft cited difference is…

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Speakers Anita Bapat (Kemp Little LLP) Tom O’Flynn (Google) James Evan (Verizon media) Alex Abrahams (DMGT) Karishma Brahmbhatt (Allen & Overy LLP) Event Overview With ad-tech a key focus for data protection authorities such as the ICO and CNIL, panellists James, Alex and Tom methodically described ad-tech infrastructure, and the various players involved within the…

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