Focusing on the latest digital trends and risks and developments in the field of data protection, privacy, information and cyber law.

UK sets up new digital markets taskforce

Antonio Bavasso

As A&O has previously reported, governments and antitrust authorities around the globe are in the midst of a fierce policy debate over whether and how antitrust rules should be adapted to deal with rapidly-evolving digital markets. Learn more about the UK Government’s response to the Furman Report and plans for a dedicated Digital Markets Taskforce Read More

Solving the crypto-crossword: UK developments in the legal and regulatory treatment of cryptoassets

Oliver Rule

What are cryptoassets? Regulators, judges, central banks, academics, crypto enthusiasts and many others are still debating this question. Indeed you might think of ‘crypto’ as a pun: both advertently referring to the use of cryptography, and inadvertently referring to the cryptic nature of these assets which have proved notoriously difficult to classify. Throw in associated Read More

A European Strategy for Data – The EU Commission reveals its data strategy

Christine Kammermeier

On Wednesday, 19 February 2020, the European Commission presented its long-awaited EU data strategy in Brussels. Acknowledging the changing economic and societal circumstances introduced by digital transformation, European lawmakers launched a discussion paper addressing their vision for Europe to take on a leading role in the global data economy. The paper was presented together with the Read More

Maximising value from data: data governance and data monetisation

LaurieAnne Ancenys

Data is of critical importance to most businesses and many of those embarking on data monetising strategies will do so by collaborating with third parties.  All companies have different challenges and business models around data. In this context, good data management is crucial to maximising value.  As most jurisdictions do not recognise that data per Read More

EU: On the Origin of Big Data – is D.A.R.W.I.N the future?

Benjamin Scrace

A joint task force of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and Heads of Medicines Agencies (HMA) has proposed a new approach to the use of “big data” in EU medicines regulation. The report, from the Big Data Task Force (BDTF) (accessed here), contributes to the EMA and HMA’s “EU Network Strategy” to 2025 and shows Read More

EU: Trade mark owners need not amend broad specifications following Sky v SkyKick

David Stone

Today, the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) in Sky v SkyKick (C-371/18) has declined to follow the Advocate General and held that trade mark specifications that cover broad terms such as “computer software” cannot be invalidated on the basis that they are imprecise or contrary to public policy. In addition, a trade mark owner will Read More