26 May 2022

The Lens Newsletter - May 2022

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

Clearview lacking: ICO announces £7.5m fine for tech firm but questions remain. 

The ICO made headlines this week when it announced its third largest GDPR-era fine to date, over £7.55m, against the controversial facial-recognition database provider Clearview AI Inc (Clearview). It has also issued an enforcement notice against... Read more

UK Government's plans for digital regulation feature in Queen's speech. 

The UK Government's plans to regulate digital markets featured in today's Queen's speech, despite recent press reports that the plans might be shelved from the Government's legislative agenda for the coming year. Referring to the "Draft Digital... Read more

Climate experts alarmed by boom in digitising carbon offsets. 

Environmental experts have sounded the alarm over a new boom in digitising carbon offsets. Carbon offsets are generated from reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, which may then be utilised by companies to compensate for greenhouse gas-emitting... Read more

UK Government taking forward plans to regulate digital markets. 

The Government has today confirmed that it is taking forward plans to establish a new pro-competition regime for digital markets. Amongst the key points to note in respect of the new regime: It will be implemented and enforced by the Digital... Read more

No longer “too big to care”: EU’s Digital Services Act takes aim at Musk and online platforms. 

Elon Musk’s free speech driven Twitter bid coincides with the EU reaching political agreement on its Digital Services Act. Elon Musk’s $44 billion takeover of Twitter has been one of the most controversial technology transactions in recent years... Read more

UK's digital regulators focus on algorithms. 

The Digital Regulation Cooperation Forum (DRCF) has today published two papers on algorithms, along with a call for comments inviting anyone involved in or having a view on the use of algorithms to share their views until 8 June 2022. The DRCF was... Read more

Ed Sheeran off the hook as High Court finds 'Shape of You' does not infringe. 

On 6 April, the High Court held that Ed Sheeran’s smash hit, Shape of You, did not infringe the musical copyright in Sami Chokri’s song Oh Why, granting Sheeran a declaration of non-infringement. Background The case took the form of a claim by... Read more

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