IP & IT News
Google hit with €4.3bn Android fine from EU
BBC News – 18 July
Google has been fined €4.34billion (£3.9 billion) after the European Commission stated the firm had used Android’s mobile operating system to illegally ‘cement its dominant position’ as a search engine. Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager has commented that Google has acted illegally in three ways, one of which was ‘payments to large manufacturers and mobile network operators that agreed to exclusively pre-install the Google Search app on their devices’.
Excluded Subject Matter: A Landmark Decision from the UK IPO
Reddie & Grose – 17 July
Recent decisions from the UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO), ‘Landmark Graphics Corporation’ suggest that the IPO has been too strict in applying the law relating to computer related inventions and excluded subject matter. Reddie and Grose discuss the decisions in more detail.
Royal Mail delivers fewer letters as new law reduces junk mail
The Guardian – 17 July
Following the introduction of GDPR, Royal Mail has reported a reduction in junk mail being sent out, with a drop of 7% from letter revenue in the three months to 24 June. According to Royal Mail, GDPR has deterred some companies from sending junk mail, but they are working with ‘customers to find solutions for their marketing mail needs.’
Facebook fined £500,000 by the ICO following Cambridge Analytica data scandal
IT Pro – 11 July
Following the Cambridge Analytica data breach in February, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined Facebook £500,000. Facebook breached two aspects of the Data Protection Act 1998, when it misused personal data in political campaigns. The ICO has stated it hopes the fine will ‘restore trust and confidence in the democratic system.’