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March Update: Tech and Telecoms

27 February 2018

March brings a number of key political moments, as the UK marks a year since triggering Article 50 and a year to go until the formal Brexit date.

Crunch time has arrived over the nation's future trading relationship with the bloc, while internal tensions within the Conservative Party and repositioning on the part of its opponents threaten the Prime Minister's hold on power.

Meanwhile, Chancellor Philip Hammond is due to deliver his very first Spring Statement, a new-format financial update that will set the agenda for tax and spending reforms to come.

Here, Plamen Sendrev, DeHavilland's Monitoring Consultant for Tech and Telecoms, gives you the lowdown on what to watch out for this March.

What's on the agenda this month

by Plamen Sendrev, Monitoring Consultant

The General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, comes into force on 25 May this year. Under the GDPR, Europe's data protection rules are about undergo their most substantive change in the past two decades, replacing old rules and regulations which are simply no longer fit for purpose.

The changes come at a time when British small business seems to be completely unprepared for the new regulations. Only 38% of UK businesses and 44% of UK charities actually know what the GDPR is, according to survey data collected by the UK Government. The Government now plans to publish the key findings from the full report by the end of April 2018. In the meanwhile, expect to hear much more on this crucial regulatory change in the coming month as mandatory compliance looms.

Elsewhere this month, the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee will continue its work on fake news, and the charity sector could face further scrutiny following the Oxfam scandal and a recent high-profile row between the Government and the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee over the appointment of former Conservative minister Baroness Stowell as Chair of the Charity Commission.

Meanwhile, it's crunch time for Channel 4 after the broadcaster was given just two weeks to present proposals to move parts of its operations outside London, with the Government threatening to legislate to force the move if voluntary action is not taken by the 12 March deadline.

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Plamen Sendrev, Digital Policy Executive
Plamen Sendrev
Digital Policy Executive

Plamen is DeHavilland’s Policy Executive for the Media, Tech and Telecoms sector. Plamen has previously worked at the Parliamentary office of an MP. He is a graduate of the University of Birmingham, and holds a Masters in European Studies.