IP & IT Law (23 April - 7 May)

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Cambridge Analytica: Closure 'will not stop investigation'

BBC News – 3 May

It was announced on 2 May that Cambridge Analytica, the firm at the heart of the recent data scandal, has closed due to ‘a loss of business’. However, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has stated that it will not stop investigating the company. Damian Collins and other MPs have warned the company against deleting their data history and attempting to cover up any illegality.

 

New cybersecurity regulations to take effect on 10 May

Mills & Reeve – 2 May

The Network and Information Systems (NIS) Regulations 2018 will come into force on 10 May. The regulations tackle the problem of cybersecurity breaches in national systems and will require
organisations to take appropriate measures to manage risks and prevent the impact of incidents.

 

Adverts for broadband speeds to face new rules

BBC News – 1 May

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) rules that broadband providers cannot advertise ‘speeds of up to’ as of the 23 May. Advertisements must now include a median average speed for the service between 8pm and 10pm. Currently, the ‘up to’ speeds advertised are only available to 10% of customers.

 

UK has six months to rewrite snooper's charter, high court rules

The Guardian – 27 April

The High Court has handed down a judgment which gives ministers and officials six months to redraft the 2016 Investigatory Powers Act. The court ruled that the ‘snooper’s charter’ is not compatible with European law because ‘access to retained data was not limited to the purpose of combating “serious crime”’.

UK ratifies the Unified Patent Court Agreement

Out Law – 27 April

The Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement has now been ratified by the UK government. The UPC involves the ‘creation of a new judicial enforcement framework for resolving disputes over new unitary patents and European patents’. There had been previous uncertainty over whether the UPC would be ratified, and the implications Brexit might have.

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