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TMT & Sourcing & Intellectual Property

Revised UK interception of communications laws address EU privacy concerns

The European Commission has dropped infringement proceedings it had brought against the UK for failure to properly implement EU laws on the interception of communications.

Time running out for standardised 'do not track' system to be agreed, Commissioner says

Internet companies have been urged to establish a final standardised system that will allow users to control their privacy settings across websites.

Regulator correctly determined editorial responsibility for on-demand video services, Ofcom rules

Organisations that share control over the content of video-on-demand (VOD) programmes should write contracts that set out who has overall editorial responsibility for the material, Ofcom has said.

Publisher settles 37 claims of phone hacking against it

The publisher of the now-defunct News of the World (NotW) newspaper has settled claims of alleged phone hacking with 37 people, including celebrities and other public figures, press reports have said.

Time running out for standardised 'do not track' system to be agreed, Commissioner says

Internet companies have been urged to establish a final standardised system that will allow users to control their privacy settings across websites. 26 Jan 2012

Pan-EU consistency in data protection reform welcome, but burden on business a problem, says expert

OPINION: Reforms of data protection law announced today by the European Commission will bring businesses certainty with one hand while handing them a major headache with the other.

Banks and restructuring

Proposed changes to pre-pack insolvency sales regulation dropped by Government

The Government has scrapped proposed plans to change the rules around pre-packaged insolvency sales.


Government confirms pension auto-enrolment starting dates

Companies with more than 250 employees will have to automatically enrol their staff into a workplace pension scheme from October as originally planned, the Government has said.

Projects and construction

European Commission asks for views on promoting environmentally friendly procurement

The European Commission is seeking views on its green public procurement (GPP) policy, as part of its wider plans to introduce mandatory standards on more sustainable consumption and production.


New bailiff standards the 'first step' towards a legally binding regime, Government says

New voluntary standards outlining acceptable behaviour for bailiffs are the "first step" towards a legally binding regulatory regime, the Government has announced.


Ofgem proposes 7bn funding to connect Scottish renewables to the National Grid

Energy regulator Ofgem has set aside up to 7.6 billion for infrastructure investment which will enable two Scottish companies to significantly upgrade transmission networks and connect new renewable projects to the National Grid.

Environmental campaigners complain to European Commission about nuclear 'subsidies'

Alleged incentives available to nuclear power plants breach European Commission rules on state subsidies, a coalition of environmental campaign groups and MPs has said.

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