Welcome back to the first Tech News Thursday newsletter for 2024!

As this is a new year, we are incredibly excited to continue this venture of sharing the latest news in regards to technology and law.

Following a post by Clifford Chance which highlighted an interest in the possible regulations that we can see coming into force in light of the technology industry; one ought to discuss the regulations that have been enforced and the regulations yet to be.

Why is this significant?

Though the UK is no longer a member of the EU, the nation has organisations that operate on an international scale. So, it is evident to ensure that (as a business) one is operating legally in a given territory.

As established in EU Technology Regulation: Watch List for 2023 and Beyond (goodwinlaw.com) by Gretchen Scott; Marie Fillon; Hayley Davis; Genevieve Watt; James Taylor; and Miles Lynn, the regulations that have been implemented into EU regulations as of 2023 includes:

Regulation (EU) 2022/2065 – Digital Services Act

Regulation (EU) 2022/1925 – Digital Markets Act

Data Governance Act 2022.

Did you know these were in force?

Yet to come, we have the Data Act. This is an Act in which it is set to enable fair access to the use of data generated by the Internet of Things (often abbreviated as IoT). For further reference on the Act, see Data Act: Council adopts new law on fair access to and use of data by Consilium.

In addition to this, both of the Artificial Intelligence Act and the AI Liability Directive are set to be enforced into EU Legislation. The Artificial Intelligence Act is in regards to ensuring that AI systems respect the safety of nationals within a European Member State. For further reference, see Artificial intelligence act: Council and Parliament strike a deal on the first rules for AI in the world by Consilium.

Finally, the AI Liability Directive (which has since been proposed) is set to ensure that those accountable for issues (that can be compensated upon) are held accountable. This ultimately resolves the idea of governing negligence and covering injured parties. For further reference, see Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on adapting non-contractual civil liability rules to artificial intelligence (AI Liability Directive).

One ought to make it clear that Tech News Thursday will indeed take a deeper analysis into these Acts so stay tuned.

Do you reckon there ought to be further regulations? If so, what do you think should be included?

See also:

New EU Rules for Data Access and Sharing: What You Need to Know | Insights & Resources | Goodwin (goodwinlaw.com)

(27) Beware of the Festive Scams a Tech News Thursday Article | LinkedIn

(27) Californians Say ‘Hello’ to the Delete Act | LinkedIn

(27) The Law and Technology Regarding Generative AI | LinkedIn

(27) Data Breaches and Vulnerabilities within an Organisation | LinkedIn