On 13 September 2017, the Commission issued a proposal for a Regulation to strengthen the role of the EU Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) by:

  • granting it a permanent mandate;
  • clarifying its role as the information hub of the EU for cybersecurity; and
  • tasking it with the responsibility of proactively contributing to policy in the area of network information and security.

The proposal also introduces EU-wide cybersecurity certification schemes for ICT products and services, which will be prepared by ENISA. This aims to address current market fragmentation and provide a comprehensive set of cybersecurity rules, technical requirements, standards and procedures. Continue Reading EU Commission proposes stronger mandate for ENISA and EU-wide cybersecurity certification

On 10 May 2017, the European Commission published its mid-term review of the implementation of Europe’s Digital Single Market strategy. Launched in 2015, the ambitious strategy covered 16 actions under the three pillars: (1) improving access to digital goods and services for consumers and businesses across Europe; (2) creating the right conditions and a level playing field for digital networks and innovative services to flourish; and (3) maximising the growth potential of the digital economy. Despite a lot of activity, the Commission was only able to highlight one actual delivered improvement in its review – the abolition of retail roaming charges – although it looks forward to the imminent implementation of cross-border content portability in early 2018 and the expected approval of a proposal to address unjustified geo-blocking.

Continue Reading European Digital Single Market strategy mid-term review: What happens next?

In 2015, the European Commission published a study (written by IDC) which provides an overview of Europe’s IoT digital ecosystem, its current status and anticipates a suggested vision of the same ecosystem in 2020. That study found:

The IoT (Internet of Things) is a pervasive innovative technology building on the universal connectivity of things and people, now moving in Europe from the pioneer phase to widespread adoption. In combination with cloud computing and Big Data the IoT is opening the new age of the hyper-connected society and acting as a powerful driver of business innovation, but also facing equally strong barriers in terms of security risks, concerns about privacy protection, and resistance to organizational change.”

Continue Reading How does the European and the US approach to IoT differ?

On 7 July 2016, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) issued finalised guidance for authorised UK financial institutions use of cloud services. In a marked contrast to some other jurisdictions’ approach, this guidance is issued against a policy backdrop of FCA’s ‘Project Innovate’ which is an initiative to foster innovation and competition. The FCA say:


We see no fundamental reason why cloud services (including public cloud services) cannot be implemented, with appropriate consideration, in a manner that complies with our rules.”

Continue Reading UK’s Financial Conduct Authority’s cloud guidance

Welcome to our new blog, the digital watcher.

I’m Rob Bratby, the blog editor, and I hope you enjoy reading our updates about European telecoms, media and technology law and regulation.

If you were a reader of my prior blog, Watching the CBratby_Rob_0217onnectives, welcome back: you will have a good idea of what to expect.

If you are new reader, then it will help you to know a little about me and my interests as those will form the main focus of the blog. I am a telecoms and technology lawyer, now back living and working in London who spent five years working across Asia whilst living in Singapore. In the past I’ve worked for the UK telecoms regulator as well as in-house at a European telecoms operator.

We will follow policy legislative and regulatory issues affecting the telecoms, media and technology industries in Europe and the UK (and from time to time Asia). Current European issues include the Digital Single Market review and the European Electronic Communications Code, the General Data Protection Regulation, and the Cybersecurity Directive. We’ll be looking at how these are implemented in the UK, the Digital Economy Bill and of course, the impact of Brexit.

We’ll also feature industry and technological developments and will feature guest posts and bloggers on topics that interest me, and I hope, you.

Finally, this is so much more fun as an interactive conversation so if you agree or disagree with us, or just want to discuss further, do get in touch.