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

New UK ICO guidance on cookies and similar technologies

Nigel Parker

Recent changes to the cookie consent tool on were a good sign that updated guidance from the ICO, on the use of cookies and similar technologies, would soon arrive. The ICO duly published its updated guidance on 3 July. In the run up to GDPR, and since, many companies have adopted enhanced cookie consent tools Read More

Tech Collaborations – Harnessing potential whilst balancing risk

Megan McMellon

On 18 June, Google and Sanofi announced a new collaboration aimed at accelerating healthcare innovation. The collaboration has three key objectives: to better understand patients and diseases; to increase Sanofi’s operational efficiency; and to improve the experience of Sanofi’s patients and customers. Google and Sanofi will develop an Innovation Lab to test and explore both Read More

New ICO report on adtech and real time bidding issues a warning shot to the adtech industry

Karishma Brahmbhatt

Following its adtech fact-finding forum in March this year, on 20 June 2019 the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) published its Update report into adtech and real time bidding. The good news for those engaging in online behavioural advertising is that the report acknowledges that “the automated delivery of ad impressions is here to stay”. Read More

Project ExplAIn-an interim view and the challenges of explanations

Emma Keeling

The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (the ICO) and Alan Turing Institute (the national institute for data science and AI, the Turing) have, in the first week of June, published their interim report (the Report) into Project ExplAIn. What is Project ExplAIn? As national and international institutions and organisations endeavour to publish AI guidelines and recommendations Read More

AI principles and practice: The OECD recommendation continues a theme

Emma Keeling

At the end of May, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) member countries achieved a first – signing up to a Recommendation on Artificial Intelligence (AI) (the Recommendation) that, it is hoped, will promote innovative and trustworthy AI, respecting human rights and democratic values.  With that aim, the Recommendation sets out five broadly Read More

Furman report on unlocking digital competition

Antonio Bavasso

On 13 March the UK Government published a report by an expert panel established by the Chancellor and led by Harvard economist and former White House economic adviser, Jason Furman, on reforms to competition rules and regulation in the digital sector: “Unlocking digital competition”. Executive summary The report was commissioned in the context of global Read More