Category Archives: Spain

Goodbye from Watching the Connectives: hello from The Digital Watcher

To all my readers, thank you and goodbye. This blog is now an ex-blog. The first post of this blog was published six years ago in December 2010. Since then, there have been over 90,000 views of the 165 posts … Continue reading

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European Network and Information Security Directive adopted to address cyber-threats

On 6 July 2016, the European Union (which for now includes the UK) adopted the Network and Information Security (or NIS) Directive. This imposes obligations on three sets of stakeholders: Member States; Essential services operators; and Digital service providers. Andrus … Continue reading

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Europe consults on implementation of net neutrality

From 30 April 2016, Europe has been subject to net neutrality rules set out in the Connected Continent Regulation. However  those rules, set out in Articles 3 and 4 of the Regulation and reproduced below for easy reference, are framed … Continue reading

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ECJ finds Data Retention Directive invalid. What next?

On 8 April 2014 the European Court of Justice ruled that the Data Retention Directive 2006/24/EC interferes in a particularly serious manner with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data. The Directive … Continue reading

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Advocate General Pedro Cruz Villalón issues damning opinion on the Data Retention Directive

Last week (12/12/2013), a serious blow was dealt to one of the fundamental building blocks establishing the legal framework for retention of data for law enforcement across Europe.  Advocate General Pedro Cruz Villalón (AG) at the Court of Justice of the … Continue reading

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Insight to China, India and Japan’s communications markets from Ofcom report

Ofcom this week published its most recent report comparing the UK’s communications (telecoms, TV, radio, web and post) market with 16 other countries, including China, India and Japan.  Whilst Ofcom’s press releases have focused on the comparatively good performance of … Continue reading

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Why bring your own device (BYOD) is not just an IT issue

I was fortunate this week to be both a speaker and a panellist at Questex Asia’s ‘BYOD and Mobile Security conference held in Singapore. It turned out I was the only lawyer in a room of 200 plus IT people, which … Continue reading

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Mobile broadband at heart of Europe’s recently adopted Radio Spectrum Policy Programme as WRC 12 concludes in Geneva

The wheels of European legislation have slowly turned, and last week Europe adopted a five-year radio spectrum policy programme, at Parliament’s second reading under the co-decision procedure. Readers will recall that last summer two key issues remained outstanding between the … Continue reading

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New EU Data Protection Proposals: what you need to know

Today’s blog post is courtesy of my friends and colleagues Clive Gringras and Claire Walker who have published a helpful guide to the new European Data Protection proposals. “Today, 25 January 2012, the European Commission unveiled its proposals for far reaching changes … Continue reading

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Commission attacks roaming charges with structural market intervention as well as price caps

The European Commission yesterday announced measures which directly intervene in the roaming market. These measures are in addition to the expected continuation of price caps on voice and SMS and new caps on data downloads. The Commission, first under Vivianne Reding and now under … Continue reading

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