Ofcom sets 4 December deadline for UK 5G 2021 spectrum auction applications

In a notice published today, 18 November 2020, Ofcom specified that the days for receipt of applications to participate in the UK 2021 5G spectrum auctions are between the times of 10:00 (UK time) on 3 December 2020 and 16:00 (UK time) on 4 December 2020. More detail on the upcoming auctions can be found in this earlier post.

Data export: EU provides more clarity after Schrems II

In documents published last week, the EU provided some welcome clarity on how organisations should address the invalidation of Privacy Shield as a basis for exporting personal data from the EU. On 10 November 2020, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) adopted recommendations on ‘supplemental measures’, which can be considered to ensure compliance with the …

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EDPB guidance on ‘supplemental measures’ for data export

On 10 November, the European Data Protection Board adopted a recommendation on supplemental measures which might be used to ensure compliance with the EU level of protection of personal data when exported to third countries with an insufficient level of protection. The recommendation both sets out a process to be followed by data exporters and, …

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Prospect of increased regulation in UK for digital giants

The Competition and Markets Authority, the UK Competition regulator, has said it will act against Facebook and Google if the government doesn’t set up a digital regulator within a year. According to the Financial Times, Andrea Coscelli, chief executive of the CMA, said: ‘Plan A is to have a regulatory framework. If [within a year] …

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European Data Protection Board releases updated controller / processor guidance for comment

Are you sure you are a data processor? Introduction On 7 September 2020, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB), successor to the ‘article 29 working party’, released updated guidance on the concepts of ‘data controller’ and ‘data processor’ under European Privacy law (i.e. General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR). Whilst this has already been subject …

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Europe proposes lower voice termination rates

On 25 August 2020, the European Commission proposed a regulation to set Europe-wide (lower) voice termination rates of 0.2 euro cents per minute for mobile voice and 0.07 euro cents per minute for fixed voice. The introduction of these new termination rate ceilings are subject to: a three year ‘glide path’ (to 1 Jan 2024) …

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US restrictions sound death knell for Huawei?

The US has updated its rules to prevent Huawei’s access to commercially available chips that use US technology in a move that could sound the death knell for the Chinese telecoms firm. Under new restrictions, announced on Monday 17 August by the US Commerce Department, companies globally will need to obtain a licence to sell …

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EU and US start work on enhanced Privacy Shield: Mr Schrems to be persuaded…

On 10 August 2020, Following the European Court’s Schrems II judgment invalidating the US Privacy Shield (and calling into question the legal basis for other transatlantic data transfers), the EU Commission and US Department of commerce issued a short, joint statement: “The U.S. Department of Commerce and the European Commission have initiated discussions to evaluate …

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UK 5G spectrum auction date set for January 2021

On 3 August 2020, Ofcom confirmed that the UK’s 5G auction would go ahead, with bidding starting in January 2021. The auction is set to increase the spectrum available for mobile in the UK by 18%. This should lead to better and faster mobile data services. 80MHz of spectrum will be auctioned in the (recently …

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Exporting data from the EU after Schrems II: what to do now

As previously discussed, the European Court of Justice’s recent Schrems II decision both (i) invalidated the US privacy shield; and (ii) threw into question alternative justifications for the export of personal data from the EU to the US. Whilst there is yet to be a substantive response from the European Commission, initial reactions from the …

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