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The increased regulation of Energy-related Products, energy-using or energy-saving products that “have an impact on energy consumption during use”, continues to play a central role in supporting the UK’s commitment to reach its environmental targets, including its 2050 net zero target.
Two high-profile institutions, LEGO Group and UNICEF, have recently underlined the vital importance of considering diversity and inclusion in respect of children’s product design and advertising with two recent initiatives in this area.
There have recently been sweeping changes in respect of EU’s toy safety regulatory regime. These ongoing developments are set to fundamentally and irrevocably change the legal landscape in respect of these products, and therefore industry should be aware of the matters as they continue to unfold.
Data Governance Act proposal: more trust in data intermediaries could spell greater ease for product innovation
The European Commission has set out its proposal for the Data Governance Act (DGA) to increase the EU’s competitiveness on the world stage by encouraging the safe sharing of data between businesses and making public sector data available for re-use.
On 10 November 2021, the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) issued a warning to UK consumers highlighting the product safety risks when shopping for goods on online platforms, with reports that more than 10,000 unsafe products have been taken down from online platforms in 2021 alone.
The European Commission has recently proposed a Delegated Regulation for the Radio Equipment Directive (2014/53/EU) (RED) that puts obligations on manufacturers to ensure the improvement of cybersecurity of particular wireless devices that have radio capabilities.
Oxford County Court has held that the owner of a ‘smart’ doorbell and other CCTV cameras has violated the UK’s data protection laws. The claimant was compensated and an order made to prohibit the defendant from any future breaches. However, the case also has a bearing on retailers and manufacturers who are under an obligation to ensure that their product is fit for purpose.