South African court strikes down surveillance laws

A High Court of South Africa judge has struck down multiple aspects of South Africa’s interception regime and its use of bulk interception, but delayed most of his declarations of unconstitutionality for two years to give South Africa’s parliament a chance to fix the surveillance framework.

17 September 2019

Telefónica sued over customer data supply

A mobile phone retail chain claims telecommunications operator Telefónica’s O2 brand failed to fulfil a contractual obligation to supply data relating to around 196,000 customers.

09 September 2019

Telecoms regulation doesn’t cover Gmail, ECJ rules

Google’s Gmail service falls outside the scope of EU telecommunications regulation, the European Court of Justice has concluded, shielding the popular email service from data protection and other obligations.

13 June 2019

The UK online harm framework: a recipe for resistance?

The UK government’s online harms white paper seeks to align tech companies and social media platforms with their users in the fight against the spread of violent and harmful content online. But how this is expected to work in practice, and how will the tech industry react?

12 June 2019

ECJ: Skype VoIP service can be subject to telecoms regulation

The European Court of Justice has ruled that Skype’s voice over IP function is an electronic communications service within the meaning of EU telecommunications rules, potentially subjecting it to sectoral regulation.

06 June 2019

Regulator can require data centre access, Gibraltar court rules

Gibraltar’s appeal court has ruled that the territory’s telecoms regulator was wrong to have found it lacked power to force a dominant telecoms provider to give a rival access to its data centre.

09 May 2019

AT&T sued over geolocation data sharing

A putative class of AT&T customers seeks damages over the telecommunications company’s alleged failure to stop the distribution of their geolocation data.

01 May 2019

Brazil’s Vivo asked to provide GDPR-inspired processing report

A Brazilian public prosecutor has asked telecoms company Vivo to clarify data protection policies used in its targeted advertising services ahead of national data protection legislation entering into force next February.

25 April 2019

EU backs common 5G cybersecurity framework

The European Commission has set a summer deadline for member states to submit national risk assessments to ensure a high level of cybersecurity for 5G networks across the bloc.

26 March 2019

Linklaters promotes TMT partner in Singapore

Linklaters has promoted Adrian Fisher to partner in its Singapore office.

15 March 2019

Unlock unlimited access to all Global Data Review content