DigitalBusiness.Law

DigitalBusiness.Law focuses on Techlaw issues outside the US

Blockchain has recently celebrated its tenth anniversary, but for many in the retail sector, it is still seen as “something for the future”. However, many retailers and tech companies are actively looking at ways to deploy blockchain technology (and its close relation, smart contracts) in their business. A recent report by the UCL Centre for […]…
Blockchain has recently celebrated its tenth anniversary, but for many in the retail sector, it is still seen as “something for the future”. However, many retailers and tech companies are actively looking at ways to deploy blockchain technology (and its close relation, smart contracts) in their business. A recent report by the UCL Centre for […]…
Digital technologies are increasingly transforming the way in which products are being made and services are being delivered. This is no more so than in the healthcare sector. In August 2019, the NHS set up a national artificial intelligence (AI) laboratory to enhance care of patients and research. Prior to this, there were calls from […]…
Anyone familiar with the video game industry will be familiar with ‘loot boxes’. For gamers, loot boxes can give them a competitive edge over other gamers. According to the UK Children’s Commissioner, ‘[t]he current loot box market is estimated to be worth £20 billion worldwide’.[1] Australia has also conducted its own first government inquiry into […]…
In October 2019, it was reported in the press that DG COMP had opened a competition law investigation against Apple in relation to its Apple Pay service. While no information is publicly available on the exact subject-matter of that investigation, we believe that the issue of the so-called “NFC antenna” in iPhones is a part, […]…
Anyone familiar with the video game industry will be familiar with ‘loot boxes’. For video game developers, loot boxes provide an effective way to monetise their content, even if the game itself is free to purchase. For gamers, loot boxes can give them a competitive edge over other gamers. According to the UK Children’s Commissioner, ‘[t]he current loot box market is estimated to be worth £20 billion worldwide’.[1] Despite the monetary and competitive advantages…
In October 2019, it was reported in the press that DG COMP had opened a competition law investigation against Apple in relation to its Apple Pay service. While no information is publicly available on the exact subject-matter of that investigation, we believe that the issue of the so-called “NFC antenna” in iPhones is a part, if not a major part, of that investigation.  In this article, we deal with some of the competition law issues…
Australia’s number two carrier, Optus, has paid a $504,000 infringement notice after being found by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to have committed significant breaches of spam laws. The ACMA found Optus sent SMS and email marketing emails to approximately 750,000 consumers after they had already unsubscribed, and also sent billing notices which […]…
Australia’s number two carrier, Optus, has paid a $504,000 infringement notice after being found by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to have committed significant breaches of spam laws. The ACMA found Optus sent SMS and email marketing emails to approximately 750,000 consumers after they had already unsubscribed, and also sent billing notices which did not have an unsubscribe facility. Australian spam laws were introduced in 2003 and historically the fines have been modest. …