Pinsent Masons appoints new leader for global infrastructure team…

Alternative approach needed for regulating digital economy privacy

Pinsent Masons appoints new leader for global infrastructure team…

Pinsent Masons appoints new leader for global infrastructure team

Ian Laing has been appointed as the new global head infrastructure team at Pinsent Masons.

As a Singapore-based partner, Laing becomes the firm’s first global sector head to be based in the Asia Pacific region. He has been with the firm since 1998 and specialises in capital projects.

“Major infrastructure providers are no longer working one jurisdiction, but operating in many,” Laing said. “Further, we are seeing technology and data drive change in the sector and that's something we are uniquely well-placed to support upon. We have the global resource, and the local knowledge to understand the commercial, geographical, political, strategic, and technical, factors that impact infrastructure markets around the world."

Laing succeeds Richard Laudy who is staying with the firm to further develop its Africa practice, having guided the practice to international growth and played a pivotal role in establishing the Firm's infrastructure offerings in Australia and South Africa. 

Alternative approach needed for regulating digital economy privacy
Hogan Lovells says there needs to be an alternative approach to regulating privacy in the digital economy.

The law firm says that the ePrivacy Regulation being proposed by the EU is, to some degree incompatible with GDPR and relies on a blanket approach with some exceptions, that is “likely to lead to unwanted effects for the development of machine-to-machine communications, the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence.”

The firm has published a report which makes several recommendations including:

  • The ePrivacy Regulation should move away from setting out narrow legal bases for the processing of specific types of data 
  • The valuable risk-based approach of the GDPR should be applied to the ePrivacy framework 
  • Data processing that poses no risks to individuals, particularly where data that is or is made anonymous, should be explicitly excluded from the scope of the ePrivacy Regulation

“There is clearly a need for the protection of privacy in the digital economy, but to be effective, any ePrivacy legal framework must be compatible with technological development and human progress,” said Eduardo Ustaran, Global Co-Head of the Privacy and Cybersecurity practice at Hogan Lovells. “The European Union has the opportunity to get this balance right by applying a more flexible risk-based approach which will work now and in the future.”

Recent articles & video

SCC reinforces Crown's narrow scope to appeal acquittal, high bar to show mens rea to prove murder

Final changes to competition laws will require more sophisticated merger analysis: Blakes lawyers

Ontario Court of Appeal upholds paramedics' convictions over death of shooting victim

BC Court of Appeal upholds class action certification in Capital One data breach case

BC Supreme Court awards damages for chronic pain and mental health issues from car accident

BC court declines jurisdiction over property and support in Mexico divorce case

Most Read Articles

BC Supreme Court dismisses applications seeking personal liability of estate executor

BC Supreme Court upholds trust company's estate administration amid beneficiary dispute

Alberta Court of Appeal reinstates sanctions on naturopathic doctor for unprofessional conduct

Government of Canada publishes a report to tackle anti-black racism in the justice system