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1. Automatic signatures = a ‘signed’ contract
An automatically-generated signature in an email footer can constitute a ‘signed’ contract for the purposes of the Law of Property (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1989.
The law is adopting a more consistent position on the electronic execution of documents, but questions remained unanswered.
See News Analysis (practical implications, background and the court’s decision): A sign of the times—automatic signatures and formality requirements (Neocleous v Rees).
2. Pre-ticked boxes cannot provide consent to cookies
The Court of Justice has confirmed that pre-ticked boxes cannot be used to obtain consent to the placement of cookies as required by the ePrivacy Directive. The court also confirmed that users must be informed about the duration of the cookies and
whether third parties will be given access to those cookies.
See News Analysis (practical implications, background and the court’s decision): Judgment confirms cookie consent cannot be based on pre-ticked boxes and information to be given (Bundesverband der Verbraucherzentralen und Verbraucherverbände Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband eV v Planet49 GmbH)
3. Drones under scrutiny
The Defence Committee has launched an inquiry into the level of threat caused by the use of drone technology in the UK, and the response required by the government to counteract it.
See News: Domestic threat posed by malicious use of drones under scrutiny
4. Agreement announced to improve 5G preparation in London
In efforts to assist commercial landlords and public property owners to address ‘not spots’ - areas of London with poor 4G coverage - and to equip the city for 5G, Sadiq Khan aims to grant mobile providers access to install
kits on rooftops and other sites in the city.
See News: Standard agreement announced to improve digital connectivity in London and prepare for 5G
5. Injunction granted against ISPs following third party infringements
The High Court has held that Nintendo Co Ltd should be granted an injunction against the five main retail internet service providers in the UK to block access by their customers to four websites (websites) that were offering
for sale devices that infringed its copyright and EU trade mark registrations (EUTMs).
See News Analysis (practical implications, background and the court’s decision): Injunction against ISPs following third party infringements (Nintendo Co Ltd v Sky UK Ltd and Others)
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