31 Jan 2023

The Lens Newsletter - January 2023

A selection of our latest blogs on all things digital from our experts and thought leaders here at Slaughter and May.

CJEU says Amazon may be liable for trade mark infringement for sale of counterfeit Louboutins

The Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) has held that online sales websites like Amazon that operate a “hybrid” business model (offering both the operator’s own sales as well as a marketplace for third parties) may be liable... Read more.

ICO tech report highlights privacy challenges for four key technologies

The ICO is encouraging developers to consider privacy at an early stage when implementing new technologies and, in its first annual Technology horizons report, examines the implications of some of the most significant technological developments... Read more.

Accountability and technology: imagining the future of the SM&CR

The Senior Managers and Certification Regime or 'SM&CR', a regulatory lever which seeks to foster greater individual accountability within (most) regulated firms, and which takes aim at the conduct failings that fuelled the 2008 banking... Read more.

New app store Code of Practice

In December last year, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) published a new ‘first of its kind’ code of practice aimed at protecting app users. While the code is voluntary, the Government is expecting app store operators and... Read more.

HMT Review of Payment Services Regulations: is this the beginning of a tectonic shift in the regulatory bedrock?

Ten years ago, the thought of your phone scanning your face before you pay for your morning coffee may have been a disturbing one. Five years ago, sharing your account information with anyone but your bank would have been unthinkable. And a year... Read more.

Halt! House of Lords minutes indicate proposed new TDM exception to be shelved

Minutes of a recent meeting of the House of Lords Communications and Digital Committee suggest that the UK government is halting its plans to introduce a new copyright and database right exception for text and data mining (“TDM”).  As we... Read more.

Government pushes ahead with plans to strengthen UK’s cyber resilience and regulate more IT services

Protecting critical services and infrastructure from cyber incidents is a key priority for legislators on both sides of the channel. We heard last month how the EU is expanding the scope of its Network and Information Systems (NIS) regime to cover... Read more.

UK Government Scraps Controversial Proposals to Tackle Legal but Harmful Content Online

The UK government has confirmed that it is abandoning controversial provisions in its Online Safety Bill to make tech firms take down legal but harmful material accessed by adults. Protections for children remain unchanged, and other new... Read more.

Fundraising during rockier times – key takeaways

During a recent panel session moderated by Slaughter and May for late-stage UK start-ups, titled ‘Fundraising during rockier times’, we came away feeling a bit more positive about the ‘rockier times’ than we might have been before. If you are a... Read more.


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Rob Sumroy
Partner at Slaughter and May
Duncan Blaikie
Partner at Slaughter and May
Natalie Donovan
PSL Counsel and Head of Knowledge Tech and Digital at Slaughter and May