Ofcom issues roadmap to regulating new Media Bill

Ofcom has published a roadmap to regulating the new Media Bill, which is currently passing through the UK parliament. This article considers the aspects of most interest to SCL readers. The measures in the Bill include: The Bill will require changes to the Ofcom fee structures for many services that it currently regulates, as well…

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UK: Public Accounts Committee issues report on preparedness for online safety regulation The Public Accounts Committee has issued a report on Ofcom’s preparedness for online safety regulation.  It says that Ofcom has made a good start in preparing for its new role as the online safety regulator. It benefited from time to prepare while the…

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ICO issues guidance for platforms when moderating online content

The guidance aims to help organisations caught by the Online Safety Act to also comply with data protection laws. The ICO has issued guidance to organisations that come within the scope of the Online Safety Act 2023 to help them comply with data protection law as they carry out content moderation to meet their online…

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Digital Services Act starts applying to all online platforms in the EU

The DSA started to apply on 17 February 2024. On 17 February, the Digital Services Act (DSA), started to apply to online intermediaries in the EU with the exception of certain SMEs and micro-businesses. The DSA aims to ensure that EU users are better protected against illegal goods and content and have their rights upheld…

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European Commission and consumer authorities investigate online influencers

Only 20% of influencers disclose that their content is advertising. The European Commission and national consumer protection authorities have issued the results of a sweep of social media posts by 572 influencers. The sweep found that 97% posted commercial content but only one in five systematically indicated that their content was advertising. The objective of…

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European Data Protection Board holds latest plenary session

Among other things, the EDPB adopted an Opinion on the notion of main establishment. During its latest plenary, the EDPB adopted an Opinion on the notion of main establishment and on the criteria for the application of the One-Stop-Shop mechanism, following a request under Article 64(2) GDPR by the French data protection authority. The Opinion…

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UK government publishes response to AI White Paper

The UK government has published its response to its AI White Paper, which was published last year. It set out initial proposals to develop a “pro-innovation regulatory framework” for AI. The proposed framework outlined five cross-sectoral principles for the UK’s regulators to interpret and apply within their remits. The government also proposed a new central…

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Is the Data Protection and Digital Information Bill going to be postponed?

The Data Protection and Digital Information Bill may be under threat, as the government has approved a carry over extension. The business for 7 February stated: “Up to 90 minutes after the commencement of proceedings on the Business of the House (Today) motion (if that motion is agreed to)…(Secretary Michelle Donalan) That the period on…

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