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

France – CNIL releases guidance on data protection aspects of chatbots

Laurie-Anne Ancenys

On 19 February 2021, CNIL released guidance on the use of chatbots in compliance with data protection law (the Guidelines). The CNIL notes that in order to operate the chatbots, controllers will often need to process personal data, even in the situations where no user account needs to be created or individuals would not need Read More

UK Adequacy: Good News From The European Commission But Might There Be A Bumpy Road Ahead?

David Smith

News of the European Commission’s draft Decision that the UK ensures an adequate level of protection for personal data transferred from the EU to the UK can only have been greeted by with a sigh of relief by businesses both in the UK and in the EU. This is the first and most important step Read More

Penrose review of competition policy-digital proposals form part of the recipe-book

Emma Keeling

Review reforms The UK Government commissioned John Penrose MP to undertake an independent review of UK competition policy last September. Penrose was specifically tasked with looking at potential reforms to the UK’s competition regime in the context of Covid-19 and, with the end of the Brexit transition period, the emergence of the UK as an Read More

EU – EDPS publishes opinions on European Commission’s proposals for a Digital Services Act and a Digital Markets Act

Nigel Parker

On 10 February 2021, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) published its opinions on the European Commission’s proposals for a Digital Services Act and a Digital Markets Act. The EDPS welcomes both legislative proposals and provides detailed recommendations to ensure that both proposals complement the GDPR and increase protection for fundamental rights in the EU. Read More

EU – Council of the EU reached an agreement on the proposed ePrivacy Regulation

Jane Finlayson-Brown

On 10 February 2021, the Council of the European Union agreed on a mandate for negotiating the final text of the proposed ePrivacy Regulation (the draft ePrivacy Regulation) with the European Parliament and the European Commission. This is an important milestone in the legislative process. However, it will likely take months before the final version Read More

UK Competition and Markets Authority refreshes digital markets strategy

Dominic Long

Since the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) published its Digital Markets Strategy in 2019 (see our alert on its 2019 priorities) it has completed many of the priority tasks it had assigned itself – including conducting a market study on online platforms and digital advertising and leading a digital markets taskforce which recommended a Read More