Tech policy after Brexit

I have a side blog where I track discussions and developments on digital and tech policies stuck in Brexit limbo, including individual parts of the Digital Single Market strategy, data protection, VATMOSS, and other issues.

You’ll find it at

I’ve given it a much needed update with autumn and winter’s developments on these issues:

  • Online platforms
  • UK review of the Article 29 Privacy Shield evaluation
  • Free flow of non-personal data
  • Audiovisual Media Services Directive
  • European Electronic Communications Code
  • Data protection and the EU institutions
  • Communication on the review of the E-Commerce package of the DSM
  • European Accessibility Act
  • Consumer contract rights and digital content
  • Consumer contract righs and online/distance sales of goods
  • Tackling unjustified geoblocking
  • Single EU VAT area
  • DSM midterm review
  • Communication on building a European data economy
  • ENISA/EU cybersecurity agency
  • .eu domains
  • and, of course, data protection.

I’m quite happy to do this diligence and monitoring; as far as I am concerned, this is a professional responsibility to my industry. It’s just a shame that the tech bodies that should be doing this work are either preoccupied with rah-rah boosterism or doling out air kisses at black tie events.

About the author
Heather Burns is a digital law specialist in Glasgow, Scotland. She researches, writes, publishes, consults, and speaks extensively on internet laws and policies which affect the crafts of web design and development. She has been designing and developing web sites since 1997 and was a professional web site designer from 2007-2015. She holds a postgraduate certification in internet law and policy from the University of Strathclyde. Learn about hiring Heather to write, speak, or consult.