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European regulators are taking a hands-off approach to zero-rating

European regulators are taking a hands-off approach to zero-rating

Regulators in Europe have so far generally taken a hands-off approach to operator’s zero-rating practices. Of 20 cases observed by Assembly in the last two years, only three have resulted in a regulator banning the offer.

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Ofcom proposes ‘regulatory sandboxes’ for online markets

Ofcom proposes ‘regulatory sandboxes’ for online markets

With the publication of a position paper on “Online market failures and harms”, the UK regulator Ofcom weighs in on the international debate on how to regulate tech companies. The paper identifies useful aspects for other regulators to consider, and suggests experimenting with remedies through ‘sandboxes’ before extending them to the wider market.

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The FTC has been the toughest on Facebook so far, but it may not be enough

The FTC has been the toughest on Facebook so far, but it may not be enough

The fine approved by the FTC against Facebook on 24 July 2019 amounts to almost $5bn.  It is far higher than any fine issued in the EU under GDPR so far, and could have been even higher, with Mark Zuckerberg also held personally accountable for the company’s conduct.

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Countries around the world are going their own way on digital tax

Countries around the world are going their own way on digital tax

Since the end of 2018, several governments around the world have put forward proposals for the introduction of a digital service tax in their respective countries. As digital services change the nature of business, governments see the tax as a way to overcome the challenges that these digital businesses create for the international corporate tax system.

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UK Government aims to lead efforts in tackling online harm

UK Government aims to lead efforts in tackling online harm

The UK Government recently published a white paper with a broad set of proposals to tackle online harm. These include a new regulatory framework, to establish a duty of care for online companies for the first time, and the set-up of a specific regulator to enforce the new rules.

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