Mark Young

Mark Young

Mark Young is Special Counsel in the London office. Mark focuses his practice on data protection, cyber security and intellectual property.  He has particular expertise in regulatory compliance, legislative advocacy and online IP enforcement. Mr. Young advises global companies, particularly in the online/e-commerce, technology and pharmaceutical sectors, on all aspects of data protection and security.  He also advises on associated information technology and e-commerce laws and regulations.

In addition to regulatory compliance, Mr. Young advises leading technology companies and consortia on a wide range of law reform efforts in Europe.  This includes strategic advice and advocacy on EU and national initiatives, as well as references from Member State courts to the EU Court of Justice, relating to data privacy and retention, cyber security, copyright, trade marks, ecommerce, online liability, IP enforcement and software related policy.

In the IP enforcement space, Mr. Young represents rights owners in the sport, media, publishing, fashion and luxury goods industries, and helps coordinate a team of internet investigators who conduct global notice and takedown programs to combat internet piracy.

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EU Announces Major New Cybersecurity Plans

Last week, in his annual State of the European Union Address, the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker called out cybersecurity as a key priority for the European Union in the year ahead.  In terms of ranking priorities, President Juncker placed tackling cyber threats just one place below the EU leading the fight against … Continue Reading

UK Government Proposes Cybersecurity Law with Serious Fines

Earlier this month, the UK Government published a consultation on plans to implement the EU Directive on security of network and information systems (the “NIS Directive”, otherwise known as the Cybersecurity Directive).  The consultation includes a proposal to fine firms that fail to implement “appropriate and proportionate security measures” up to EUR 20 million or … Continue Reading

CJEU Confirms Dynamic IP Addresses To Be Personal Data

On Wednesday October 19, 2016 the Court of Justice of European Union (“CJEU”) issued its judgment in Case C-582/14, Patrick Breyer v Germany.  The CJEU held that a “dynamic” IP address constitutes personal data (agreeing with the Opinion of the Advocate General from May this year).  Dynamic IP addresses qualify as personal data, even if … Continue Reading

Inherited Infrastructure, Outdated Software, And Other Failings That Led To TalkTalk’s Record Fine

On October 5, 2016, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) fined telecoms company TalkTalk a record £400,000 for failing to put in place appropriate data security measures and allowing a cyber-attacker to access TalkTalk customer data “with ease.”  The ICO highlighted several  technical and organizational deficiencies as justification for issuing its largest fine to-date.  Many … Continue Reading

EU Cyber Security Directive To Enter Into Force In August

The EU Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive now looks likely to enter into force in August of this year.  Member States will then have 21 months to implement it into national law before the new security and incident notification obligations will start to apply to the following entities: designated* “operators of essential services” within … Continue Reading

Company Receives Record Fine from UK Regulator For Cold Calling

The UK’s data protection regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”), has imposed a fine of £350,000 on Prodial Ltd (“Prodial”) for making over 46 million unsolicited automated telephone calls to generate leads in relation to payment protection insurance refunds.  This is the highest fine issued by the ICO to date.… Continue Reading

EU DPA Enforcement Guidance Post-Schrems

Industry eagerly awaits further guidance from data protection authorities (“DPAs”) relating to the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield as well as on the validity (or otherwise) of other mechanisms for transfers to the U.S. such as standard contractual clauses (“SCCs”) and binding corporate rules (“BCRs”).  As we explained in recent posts (here and here), publication of an … Continue Reading

European Parliament Committee Approves EU Cybersecurity Rules and Publishes Agreed Text

By Mark Young and Vera Coughlan Formal adoption of the EU Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive is a step closer following a vote on January 14 by the European Parliament’s internal market and consumer protection (IMCO) committee. As we reported in December, the European institutions reached an informal political agreement on the NIS Directive … Continue Reading

European Institutions Reach Agreement on EU Cybersecurity Rules

On December 7, 2015, the European institutions reached an informal agreement on the EU Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive — dubbed the Cybersecurity Directive (see press release from the Council).  Among other things, the NIS Directive imposes security and incident reporting obligations on operators of essential services in critical sectors and on some digital … Continue Reading

EU’s Highest Court Invalidates Safe Harbor with Immediate Effect

Today, the Court of Justice of the European Union (the “CJEU”) invalidated the European Commission’s Decision on the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor arrangement (Commission Decision 2000/520 – see here). The Court responded to pre-judicial questions put forward by the Irish High Court in the so-called Schrems case. More specifically, the High Court had enquired, in particular, … Continue Reading

UK ICO Issues Largest Ever Fine In Connection With Automated Marketing Calls

The UK Information Commissioner’s Officer (“ICO”) has issued its largest fine to date in connection with using an automated calling system to make direct marketing calls.  The ICO found that Home Energy & Lifestyle Management Ltd (“HELM”), a green energy company that made millions of automated marketing calls in relation to “free” solar panels, recklessly … Continue Reading

Advocate General Considers EU-U.S. Safe Harbor to be Invalid

By Jetty Tielemans, Mark Young and Joseph Jones This morning (September 23, 2015), EU Advocate General (“AG”) Bot issued an Opinion in Case C-362/14 Maximilian Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner (see our earlier post on the hearing here).  The AG Opinion has gone further than expected, covering not just the power of national data protection … Continue Reading

UK Government Launches Cybersecurity Service For Healthcare Organizations

The UK government has announced a new national service providing expert cybersecurity advice to entities within the National Health Service (NHS) and the UK’s broader healthcare system.  The project, called CareCERT (Care Computing Emergency Response Team), is aiming for a full go-live in January 2016. … Continue Reading

Update on the Cybersecurity Directive – over to Luxembourg?

Next week we expect to find out if the Council of the EU will finally agree (“adopt a general approach”) on its version of the proposed General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  Progress with a “little brother” of the GDPR – namely the proposed Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive, tagged the Cybersecurity Directive – continues in parallel.  Before … Continue Reading

ICO Fines Insurance Company £175k for Data Security Breach, Criticising Lack of Policies

By Mark Young and Tom Jackson On February 20, 2015, the Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) fined Staysure.co.uk Ltd (“Staysure”), an online travel insurer, £175,000 for failing to protect its customers’ personal data.  In addition to technical vulnerabilities, the ICO took into account Staysure’s lack of security policies and practices when levying the fine. In short, … Continue Reading

EU Data Retention Directive Declared Invalid by Court of Justice of the EU

By Philippe Bradley and Mark Young The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) today held that the EU Data Retention Directive (Directive 2006/24/EC)1 is invalid.  The CJEU ruled that the retention of data under the Directive constitutes an impermissibly broad and serious interference with fundamental human rights to private life and the protection of personal … Continue Reading

European Parliament Votes to Ensure that the Proposed Network and Information Security Directive Focuses on Protecting Critical Infrastructure

It has been an eventful week in the European Parliament in relation to data privacy and security matters.  Having already voted in favor of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) and endorsed a controversial report into allegations of mass surveillance, the European Parliament voted yesterday on the proposed Network and Information Security (“NIS”) Directive.  In … Continue Reading

Updating Ofcom’s Guidance on Network Security – New Consultation

In light of growing concerns over cybersecurity and evolving technology and operational practices, Ofcom (the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries) is seeking views on whether its existing guidance on network security should be revised.  Interested parties have until 21 February 2014 to respond.   Depending on the responses received, Ofcom intends … Continue Reading

What Companies Should Know About the LIBE Committee’s Amendments to the EU’s Proposed Data Protection Regulation

By Monika Kuschewsky & Mark Young On Monday, the LIBE Committee of the European Parliament adopted proposed amendments to the Commission’s legislative proposal for a General Data Protection Regulation.  Earlier this week we summarized the vote and procedural details (here).  In this alert, we provide more detail on the amendments that companies are likely to … Continue Reading

Progress Report on the Proposed EU Network and Information Security Directive

By Mark Young and Oliver Grazebrook The Irish Presidency of the Council of the EU has published a progress report on negotiations at Member State level on the EU CyberSecurity Strategy and proposed EU Directive on Network and Information Security (“NIS Directive”).  As we summarised in this post, if enacted in its current form, the … Continue Reading

UK Government Calls for Evidence on EU Directive on Network and Information Security

To help prepare an impact assessment on the potential effects in the UK of the proposed EU Directive on Network and Information Security (“NIS Directive”), the UK Government has launched a call for evidence to gather data.  As we summarised in this post, if enacted in its current form, the NIS Directive will require companies … Continue Reading

EU Adopts CyberSecurity Strategy and Proposes Network and Information Security Directive

The European Commission, together with the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, has today published a CyberSecurity Strategy alongside a Commission proposed Directive on Network and Information Security (“NIS”). While much of the Strategy and Directive is aimed at Member State governments (e.g., to improve capabilities and cooperation to prevent … Continue Reading

EU Data Privacy Rules to Extend to All Software and Hardware Manufacturers — Regardless of Whether They Process Personal Data?

As we reported last week, MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht, the rapporteur for the lead European Parliament Committee (LIBE) for the proposed EU Data Protection Regulation, has released a controversial report on the Commission’s proposal.  There have been several news articles and commentaries in recent days about numerous aspects of the report — including the threat … Continue Reading

European Data Protection Supervisor Issues New Opinion On Proposed European Regulation Of eIDs And Trusted Services

In a new opinion on the Commission’s proposal for a Regulation on electronic identification (“eID”) and trusted services, the European Data Protection Supervisor (“EDPS”) has called, amongst other things, for security measures that trust service providers must apply to their services to be specified directly in legislation rather than left to the Commission to define … Continue Reading
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