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Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance

Tech Policy Unit

Global. Integrated. Tech Expertise.

Our global Tech Policy Unit assists clients in preparing responses to consultations and in alerting clients to the implications of government proposals.

The regulation of the tech space is evolving rapidly as governments around the world grapple with the legal implications of developments in a range of areas from e-commerce and connected vehicles to artificial intelligence, blockchain, data privacy and cybersecurity.

Public consultations and policy papers play an essential role in the process of regulating in new and rapidly developing areas and they provide vital opportunities for organisations to provide input into the policy process.

The combination of tech, legal and policy expertise ensures that the responses are targeted, informed and effective. The public policy practice can also advise on the legal aspects of consultations, including possible legal challenges and statutory requirements.

Clifford Chance also regularly submits comments to UK and European Commission consultations in a variety of areas, including financial services, competition law, contract law and more.

Services include:

  • Monitoring legislative initiatives on tech from political parties, policy makers, governments and regulators
  • Drafting formal responses to consultation papers and monitoring consultation processes
  • Stakeholder and policy maker mapping
  • Drafting position papers and advocacy
  • Attending stakeholder engagement meetings
  • Preparing draft provisions of legislation or guidance

Client highlights

AFME
We are advising AFME on issues arising under the proposed replacement EU ePrivacy Regulation, in support of AFME discussions with the European Commission.

Leading telecomms equipment company
We are advising on the legislative review of 5G and cybersecurity laws across the 28 EU Member States.

AFME, UK Finance and IRSG
We are participating in discussions of the successive drafts of the EU GDPR, the UK Data Protection Act 2018 and the related EU and UK guidance and in related lobbying initiatives at the European and UK levels.

Chinese consumer electronics manufacturer
A pan-European parliamentary and legislative monitoring programme of all relevant cyber security developments in key jurisdictions.

IATA and UK Department for Transport
We are advising on data privacy legal / policy issues to be considered in relation to the use of data in airport security systems.

Why Clifford Chance?

Tech policy is rapidly evolving as governments struggle to keep up with the pace of change in the tech sector. You need a truly global and cross-practice team of experts who are following tech policy developments at the strategic and detailed level. We will help you spot and take action on relevant policies.

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