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New Data Protection Regulation in the European Union
On May 25, 2018, the European Union (the “EU”) Parliament implemented the General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”). The GDPR replaces the prior Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC, in an effort to create uniform data protection laws across the EU member countries. The GDPR was created in the spirit of transparency. The articles of the GDPR protect and empower the citizens of the EU by affording them more control over their personal data.
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Commonwealth Court Reaffirms Status Quo Distributed Antenna System Developers are Public Utilities
On June 7, 2018, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania reclassified Distributed Antenna Systems (“DAS”) developers as public utilities, relying on the statutory scheme set out in 66 Pa. C.S. § 102(1)(vi), which permits such classification for facilities that “convey or transmit messages or communications.” This decision upends a March 2018 decision by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (“Commission”) which had reinterpreted the statute to exempt DAS providers and physical infrastructure as public utilities.