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Interview: data commercialisation with Alex Brown

Law firm Simmons & Simmons recently carried out a survey identifying the habits of “data laggards” and “data leaders”. The firm’s TMT head Alex Brown spoke to GDR about data commercialisation and its interplay with compliance efforts.

12 November 2019

Google acquires 28 million users’ data in Fitbit deal

Google’s acquisition of health tracker company Fitbit has come with a promise that Google will not use Fitbit users’ health data for advertising purposes – but data nevertheless appears to be a main driver behind the deal.

05 November 2019

Satellite deal to pass with cybersecurity conditions

The UK’s government’s clearance of a $3.4 billion (€3.1 billion) takeover of satellite communications company Inmarsat is conditioned on the company changing its cybersecurity programme.

31 October 2019

iTunes data-sharing lawsuit dismissed

A San Francisco federal judge has ruled that a putative class of plaintiffs failed to show that Apple actually shared their iTunes data, but gave the plaintiffs leave to seek permission to amend their complaint.

29 October 2019

Telefónica fights data supply lawsuit

Telefónica has denied claims that it breached a contract with phone retailer Carphone Warehouse by failing to supply hundreds of thousands of customers’ data.

25 October 2019

Satellite deal faces UK cybersecurity conditions

A consortium of investors buying out satellite communications operator Inmarsat has offered to enhance the target company’s cybersecurity programme following UK national security concerns.

10 October 2019

Experts unpack data deals and pitfalls

A medical device company’s in-house counsel has shone a light on a “data play” acquisition that saw his employer buy a chain of hospitals – in a session that also saw counsel to the buyer in Verizon/Yahoo! touch on negotiations that followed the discovery of the enormous Yahoo! data breach.

25 September 2019

Microsoft counsel urges AI data sharing

A Microsoft in-house counsel has highlighted the company’s ambition to “democratise” AI data.

23 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

Dutch antitrust watchdog orders first-ever access to data remedy

The Netherlands’ Authority for Consumers and Markets has for the first time imposed merger remedies centred on access to data and equal access to a digital platform.

02 September 2019

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