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LAST UPDATE: FEB 22, 2019
- Italy's draft rules against hate speech
- France's new proposal against hate speech
- German competition authority ruling against Facebook
LAST UPDATE: FEB 21, 2019
- Spain's national guide for cybersecurity incidents
- New tables added to capture operator decision on vendors and cybersecurity concerns
- Situation in Japan added to the vendor restriction table
LAST UPDATE: FEB 20, 2019
- Denmark's multi-band auction and 5G plan
- Germany's plans for local broadband and 3.6GHz – 3.8GHz
- Switzerland's multi-band auction
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The note published by Mark Zuckerberg on 6 March 2019 sets out the new approach Facebook aims to take for its communications services. It will be more focused on privacy and less on public sharing compared to the past, reflecting on new demands of the market and taking on board some of the lessons of the past. However, the plan could fall short of addressing the issues identified by regulators, which no longer see privacy in isolation from competition problems. The promise of full-encryption across platforms is also likely to face regulatory challenges.
As the issue of security in 5G networks gains momentum, policymakers around the world are taking contrasting approaches. Concerns around the use of Chinese vendors is resulting in outright bans in some countries (US, Australia, New Zealand), whereas others are yet to take a definite stance, such as the UK whose government is finalising a review of the telecoms supply chain. Operators were initially quiet on the issue, but they are now taking explicit stances to keep the market for network equipment as competitive as possible, to avoid delays and increased costs in 5G roll-out. As our Cybersecurity Tracker shows, It is likely that vendors will have to face more thorough scrutiny, whereas operators could end up having to avoid using one single vendor in core parts of their networks, as proposed in Germany.
The Committee for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport of the UK Parliament (DCMS Committee) has now completed its inquiry into Fake News, which lasted throughout 2018. The inquiry started as an investigation on the spread of disinformation and its role in influencing elections, and soon turned to the link between tech companies’ practices and the protection of citizens’ personal data. The final report makes strong recommendations to set up new regulators and laws around social media; however, it is unlikely that government and parliament will take immediate action to address the issues raised in the inquiry.
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January 2019 Briefing
- Ofcom’s plans for 700MHz and 3.6-3.8GHz
- Italy’s wholesale broadband market review
- Proposals for a Digital Tax
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