Notes on operating fediverse services (Mastodon, Pleroma etc) from an English law point of view

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In this monologue post, I set out an introductory analysis / overview of the English laws which are likely to apply to people in England who operate decentralised fediverse services which implement Read more

Law and "the metaverse": new(ish) tech, existing principles?

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A friend asked me, a while back, if I would write a few thoughts about law and "the metaverse". Honestly, I've been a bit hesitant about this. I'm not convinced that there's anything particularly Read more

Emergency video relay and the "999 BSL" service: an update for Internet access providers and telcos

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In June 2021, Ofcom published a statement setting out its decision to require providers of fixed and mobile telephony services and providers of internet access services, to provide, or contract to Read more

"Router freedom": the (qualified) right for users to choose their own terminal equipment

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The Dutch Consumers and Markets Authority has announced that, if a Dutch entity of Vodafone, Vodafone Ziggo, does not act rapidly to ensure that users can select and use their own terminal equipment, Read more

Internet Service Sanctions: changes to the UK Sanctions List, and an open letter from Ofcom

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On Friday, I wrote about the new sanction affecting Internet access providers in the UK, The Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) (Amendment) (No. 9) Regulations 2022. Read that blogpost for background, if Read more

A new sanction affecting Internet access providers in the UK

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Updated 2022-04-30 with information on filtering the UK sanctions list Updated 2022-05-01 with a statement from DCMS There is a new sanction, which affects Internet access providers who provide Read more

Google Fonts, an IP address, and the GDPR: must I now self-host all my web page resources?

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The Register, and probably other places, are reporting about a Munich court's decision that the use of Google Fonts, hosted on a server operated by Google, led to an infringement of German data Read more

Ofcom's General Conditions of Entitlement: an update, with important changes

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In December 2021, Ofcom published an updated (unofficial) consolidated version of the General Conditions of Entitlement. Ofcom describes the changes as: Changes to A2, A3, A4, B2, C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, Read more

decoded.legal and the seven OSI layers for Internet, telecoms, and tech legal advice

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Blake E Reid, an excellent US tech/telecoms law professor, tweeted: This is a good argument for Internet law folks to take telecom law, where the environmental impacts of Internet infrastructure Read more

Dealing with demands for communications data under the Investigatory Powers Act 2016

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This blog post looks at the obligations imposed on telecommunications operators under the Investigatory Powers Act 2016, to provide communications data in response to a notice from UK public Read more