New digital competition reforms receive royal assent

Written by Mitali Sud on 24 May 2024

The Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers (DMCC) Act establishes a new regime for digital competition in the UK. The Act also updates the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) powers to enforce existing competition law and resolve consumer disputes, and protects consumers from unfair commercial, subscription, prepayment and saving schemes. The Act received royal assent on 24 May. In this blog, we discuss the new ex-ante competition regime established by the Act and what companies should expect as the CMA begins to enforce the legislation. The blog examines how the UK general election might influence the enforcement timeline. 

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UK General Election - What happens now?

Written by Matthew Niblett on 22 May 2024

The prime minister has announced that he is calling a general election on 4 July. Here is what happens next.

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TikTok Lite sparks EU concerns: A deep dive into digital addiction

Written by Emma Vivian on 20 May 2024

In the fast-paced world of social media, concerns about digital addiction are taking centre stage once again, with TikTok and Meta at the forefront of scrutiny.

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Trilogue negotiations in the EU

Written by Emma Vivian on 18 Mar 2024

Three key EU institutions - the European Commission, the European Parliament, and the Council of the European Union - walk into a room. It sounds like the start of a bad joke, but trust us, it's anything but! They're there to work through laws, policies, and regulations that impact the lives of over 500 million Europeans. In this blog, we're going to lift the curtain on trilogue negotiations and shed light on why this resolution is useful for the swift functioning of EU policy making.

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New rules for streaming giants head into final Parliamentary stretch

Written by Matthew Niblett on 28 Feb 2024

The Media Bill is a broad piece of legislation which will, amongst other things, makes changes to the way in which video-on-demand services are regulated in the UK. On 28 February, the Media Bill will have its second reading in the House of Lords, having been passed by the House of Commons. In this blog, we discuss the implications the Media Bill will have for the video-on-demand sector in the UK, as well as the next steps. 

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Strategic Security in the EU: New Initiatives to Strengthen Economic Security

Written by Isabella Morgott on 06 Feb 2024

In the ever-changing global landscape marked by geopolitical tensions and technological shifts, the European Commission is fortifying the economic security of the European Union with a series of new initiatives.

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2024: Key things to look out for in tech regulation

Written by Matthew Niblett on 09 Jan 2024

As political institutions slowly emerge from their Christmas hibernation, we look at the key unresolved issues in tech regulation in the UK and the EU. 

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AI Act: A Game Changer in the Tech World

Written by Isabella Morgott on 21 Dec 2023

After an intense three-day negotiation marathon, the European Parliament and the Council of the EUreached a provisional agreement on the much-anticipated EU AI Act on 8 December 2023. As the world’s first comprehensive legislation on artificial intelligence (AI), this marks a pivotal moment in global AI regulation. With a risk-based approach, the AI Act introduces a structured approach to AI oversight, tailoring regulations to the complexity and capability of various AI systems. 

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The UK Government's proposals to regulate cryptocurrency and stablecoins

Written by Matthew Niblett on 24 Nov 2023

In November 2023 the UK Government outlined its regulatory intentions for the cryptocasset industry. In this blog, we summarise the UK Government’s plans for the future regulation of cryptoassets and explain the next steps.

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Online Safety Act: What happens now?

Written by Pia Doering on 03 Nov 2023

The Online Safety Bill was introduced in March 2022 to make the UK the ‘safest place in the world to be online’. After a long journey through Parliament, the Bill passed its final parliamentary stages on Tuesday 19 September and was granted royal assent on 26 October 2023, meaning it is now enshrined in law as the Online Safety Act (OSA). However, companies will not have to comply with most of the Act’s provisions immediately. Rather, many details are yet to be set out via secondary legislation and guidance. In this blog post, we take a look at the next steps under the UK’s new online safety regime.   

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Strategic Security in the Digital Age: The EU’s Deep Dive into Critical Technologies

Written by Isabella Morgott on 27 Oct 2023

The European Union’s economic framework has for a long time been underpinned by advances in technology. Yet, in our rapidly evolving digital era, innovation may in some cases pose a threat to economic security. The European Commission has therefore announced that it will undertake in-depth risk assessments across a number of critical technologies. While this initiative pivots on reducing tech vulnerabilities, it also encompasses geopolitics, strategic partnerships, and safeguarding the EU’s economic interests. 

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The pre-legislative phase: How is policy made in the UK?

Written by Matthew Niblett on 24 Aug 2023

This is one of a series of blogs on how public policy is made in the UK. In this first blog, we look at how policies are created and what happens before they are brought to Parliament as a legislative bill.

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What potholes prevent America's smooth transition to electric vehicles?

Written by Sameer Surti on 18 Aug 2023

The US has witnessed a rapid increase in electric vehicles (EVs) in recent years. In this blog, we will examine the recent actions the US has taken to encourage EV usage and then discuss some challenges the US faces in continuing this growth.

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What is the EU doing to regulate artificial intelligence?

Written by Shane Cumberton on 07 Aug 2023

In this blog, we look at the steps the European Union is taking to regulate artificial intelligence.

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Does regulation of AI in the UK strike the right balance for business?

Written by Pia Doering on 23 Jun 2023

In this blog, Inline Policy looks at how the UK, home to many promising AI start-ups, is seeking to balance certainty with flexibility in its regulatory framework.

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The DMCC: balancing fair competition and economic competitiveness

Written by Hannah Fuchs on 15 Jun 2023

In this blog, Inline looks at the details of the Digital Markets, Competition and Consumer Bill, what it means for businesses, and the debate surrounding the draft legislation.

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The state of UK tech policy in London Tech Week 2023 

Written by Mitali Sud on 12 Jun 2023

As London Tech Week gets going, we take a look at the key debates in UK tech policy and recap where all of the major new regulatory proposals have got to. 

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Say "green" only if you mean it!

Written by Emma Vivian on 01 Jun 2023

Are consumers being deceived by misleading environmental and sustainability claims about products and services? "Greenwashing" is getting increasing attention from EU policymakers.  What is the European Union doing to combat "greenwashing" by companies? How does this impact businesses and what should companies expect?

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EU short-term rentals regulation: highlights from Inline’s panel

Written by Fabio Barbero on 26 Apr 2023

This blog is based on Inline’s panel discussion “EU short-term rentals regulation: where should compromise between the EU institutions lie?which took place in April 2023. The event brought together Ivars Ijabs MEP, Shadow Rapporteur for the STR Regulation in the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection - IMCO Committee; Inge Janssen, Director Public Affairs, EMEA at Booking.com and Chair of EU travel tech; and Amaryllis Verhoeven, Head of the Digital Transformation of Industry Unit at DG GROW, European Commission. You can find a recording of the event here.

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The State of US Tech Regulation in 2023

Written by Sameer Surti on 01 Mar 2023

President Biden, in his State of the Union address laid out his vision for this year. In this blog, Inline Policy will highlight the key tech policy issues on which the Administration and the federal government are focused.

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