TMT Sector Update – Q4 2019

TMT Sector Update – Q4 2019 As part of our sector-focused series, we have curated the key resources and points you need to know from the last quarter’s Telecoms, Media & Technology (TMT) legal updates. Understand the key news stories, training materials, practice notes, trackers and upcoming webinars specific to the TMT sector. 


5 key news stories


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

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