Tomorrow the EU will announce the most far reaching reforms to data protection law ever (well, you know, other than when data protection was actually born, but that doesn't count). Viviane Reding, a 'let's get stuck in' EU Commissioner, will announce plans to reform data protection laws across Europe and finally remove the many and varied versions … Continue reading MASSIVE day for digital privacy
Anyone that knows me will know that I'm not a Tory, but when Tories do good things, then even Tories deserve credit for it. So well done Dave for your Blueprint for Technology committment today and for believing that we can be an economy where growth is focussed on more than just the financial services sector. In Dave's … Continue reading Cameron wants a UK version of Silicon Valley – bring it on Dave!
The lovely people at KPMG have done a grand job on their report 'Consumers and Convergence IV' You can read it here: http://www.kpmg.com/global/en/issuesandinsights/articlespublications/consumers-and-convergence The takeaways are: privacy is still a hot topic, but we're prepared to give away stuff/be tracked if we get stuff of actual value back we're really on the mobile banking bandwagon online … Continue reading We are all digital consumers now – yay!
Yesterday the Con-Lib government published its more detiled coalition agreement. It's pretty thin on the ground in terms of the Digital Ecomomy Act and what might happen to it. But it does have some wider stuff in it worth reporting on: - we might get a British Bill of Rights - looks like they might … Continue reading Coalition agreement – snippets for us digitial people
If you want some detailed thoughts on this, see the note which I have written wearing my work hat at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP. Yes, I still think it was a democratic shambles!
From tomorrow there are new rules to protect consumers from landline misselling and slamming - see the Ofcom press release here: http://www.ofcom.org.uk/media/news/2010/03/nr_20100317 These can only be a good thing for consumers. I wonder why the 10% of turnover bite is not applied to other breaches of law which consumers find equally distressing, for example serious misuses of personal … Continue reading New Ofcom rules with bite – 10% of turnover bite!
Looks like the Telstra case is getting permission to appeal, if the Australian press is right. See http://tinyurl.com/yf4fm48 If you are in the business of monetising databases, it's one to watch. Although judges in England are not bound by Australian law, you'll find there is a healthy level of persuasive power amongst all the common … Continue reading Australian phone directories copyright case – heading to appeal
The world is full of niche products but today I stumbled across one I thought I'd never see - an ISP especially for lawyers: http://www.lawyersonline.co.uk/ See, we're *that* special!
I spoke at the Westminster eForum event today on regulating the future mobile environment. It was a great event attended by a really good mix of people, with a lively audience. My personal view is that self regulation is better, more nimble and more accurate than anything a legislature could impose. However, we have some … Continue reading More than talk … the future of mobile
So, The Reg today tells us that the Tories would scrap the 50p: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/10/19/hunt_broadband_tax/ All well and good ... but the £ has to come from somewhere, doesn't it? How else are those parts of Digital Britain that actually matter going to have a backbone: like getting computers on kids' desks.