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UK law ICO publishes new fining guidance The Information Commissioner’s Office has published new data protection fining guidance setting out how it decides to issue penalties and calculate fines. The guidance aims to provide greater transparency for organisations about how the ICO uses its fining power. Publication of the guidance follows a consultation last year….

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Intellectual Property Office issues update on Standard Essential Patents

In the August 2022 response to its Call for Views about SEPs, the IPO committed to continued assessment of the issues raised, including further analysis of the submitted evidence and additional evidence-gathering. It also committed to reporting its findings to Ministers in 2023. Since then, the IPO has launched a questionnaire for SMEs, small-cap and…

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Court of Appeal confirms terms of lottery instant win game were enforceable

The Court of Appeal has issued its ruling in the long-running saga of  Ms Parker Grennan v Camelot UK Lotteries Ltd [2024] EWCA Civ 185. Facts of case The appellant P played an instant win game on the National Lottery website, which was operated by Camelot at the time. The game display screen displayed the…

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Council of the EU confirms agreement on new platform worker rules

The Council of the EU has confirmed the Platform Work Directive. The Directive aims to improve working conditions and regulate the use of algorithms by digital labour platforms. The Directive aims to make the use of algorithms in human resources management more transparent, ensuring that automated systems are monitored by qualified staff and that workers…

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CJEU issues ruling in IAB Europe referral about auctioning of personal data for advertising purposes

The CJEU has issued its ruling in Case C-604/22 | IAB Europe. Companies, brokers and advertising platforms, which represent thousands of advertisers, can bid in real time, behind the scenes, to acquire online advertising space to display advertisements which are tailored to a user’s profile. However, before such targeted advertisements can be displayed, it is…

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ICO calls for views on “consent or pay” model

The ICO has issued a call for views on “consent or pay” models. “Consent or pay” models require people to choose between accessing online services without payment if they consent to their personal information being used for personalised advertising or, if they refuse this consent, having to pay to access that service. The ICO wishes…

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Spring Budget 2024: announcements of interest to tech lawyers

The Chancellor has delivered the Spring Budget 2024. The key issues of interest to tech lawyers are set out below. University spin-outs At the Autumn Statement 2023, the UK government announced that it had accepted the recommendations in Professor Irene Tracey’s and Doctor Andrew Williamson’s independent review of university spin-outs. With the aim of helping…

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Apple fined €1.8 billion over App store rules for music streaming providers

The European Commission has fined Apple over €1.8 billion for abusing its dominant position on the market for the distribution of music streaming apps to iPhone and iPad users (‘iOS users’) through its App Store. In particular, the Commission found that Apple applied restrictions on app developers which prevented them from informing iOS users about…

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UK law ICO releases guidance on biometric data and recognition The ICO has issued guidance on biometric recognition, which highlights how the UK GDPR applies when biometric data is used in biometric recognition systems. The guidance also looks at the uses of biometric recognition and explains how these involve processing special category biometric data. It…

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