The Information Commissioner’s Office has published its annual report for 2023-24.  This article sets out the highlights. The ICO commits to four “enduring strategic objectives”: Investigations The ICO concluded 285 civil investigation cases and 80 incidents in 2023-24. Five prosecutions and five cautions were brought for ‘unlawfully obtaining’ offences under the Data Protection Act. These…

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The Committee on Advertising Practice has issued guidance on using AI as a marketing term.  It points out that AI has become a prominent topic in the media and has become more widely available to the public (including businesses). Therefore, CAP says that it is important that marketers do not mislead about what AI products…

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The Law Commission of England and Wales has published a scoping paper looking into how Decentralised Autonomous Organisations (DAOs) can be characterised and how the law of England and Wales might accommodate them now and in the future. The paper aims to identify current issues around DAOs to inform any future law reform or innovations….

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The Law Commission has published a consultation paper reviewing the law on contempt of court. The concept of contempt of court cover a wide range of conduct that may impede or interfere with the administration of justice. Examples include taking photographs in a courtroom, making an audio recording of proceedings, assaulting court staff or witnesses,…

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Coimisiún na Meán has published a new draft Audiovisual On-Demand Media (Video-on-demand) Service Code and new draft Rules for consultation. These are made under the Irish implementing legislation for the recast Audio-Visual Services Directive. Once finalised, Coimisiún na Meán will apply the Code and Rules to video-on-demand service providers with their EU headquarters in Ireland….

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So, we have a new Labour government.  What could lie in store in the realm of digital and tech regulation?  We deep dive into their manifesto to find out. Labour Digital is the home of digital and technology policy for Labour Party members and supporters. It says that [they] “seek to understand the potential of…

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The European Commission has concluded that Meta’s “pay or consent” advertising model fails to comply with the Digital Markets Act (DMA). The binary choice forces users to consent to the combination of their personal data and fails to provide them a less personalised but equivalent version of Meta’s social networks.  Preliminary findings on Meta’s pay…

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We are absolutely delighted to share the news that SCL President Professor Richard Susskind OBE KC (Hon) has been appointed Special Envoy for Justice and Artificial Intelligence by the Commonwealth Secretary-General, the Rt Hon Patricia Scotland KC. In his new role, Prof Susskind will be responsible for supporting the 56 Commonwealth countries in achieving Sustainable…

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