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The Global Legal Group (GLG), the independent, London-based legal market specialists has released its latest lnternational Comparative Legal Guide to Telecoms, Media & Internet Laws & Regulations in association with MEF.

The ICLG to Telecoms, Media & Internet Laws & Regulations 2018 covers common issues in telecoms, media and internet laws and regulations – including radio spectrum, cyber-security, interception, encryption and data retention, distribution of audio-visual media, and internet infrastructure.

The guide follows a question and answer format to ensure thorough coverage of the topic within different legal systems worldwide, while each chapter is written by leading telecoms, media and internet lawyers and industry specialists to provide a valuable and convenient resource, and give a broad overview of common issues in telecoms, media and internet laws and regulations in 29 jurisdictions.

The ICLG series provides a practical insight for general counsel, government agencies and private practice lawyers, keeping them abreast of law and policy globally and is an invaluable reference tool for those interested in the mobile industry and the legal frameworks affecting the ecosystem.

MEF CEO Rimma Perelmuter has contributed one of three general chapters to the guide, exploring the work undertaken by MEF and its members in better understanding the role of consumer trust in the proliferation of mobile goods and services, and how recent and impending changes to regulations may affect the industry and how businesses need to think about personal data.

The chapter discusses the findings from MEF’s 4th annual Consumer Trust Survey supported by ForgeRock, Orange, and, which surveyed 6,500 consumers in 10 markets and explored the attitudes and behaviours of smartphone users globally, providing detailed insights into consumer understanding and motivations around mobile content and services.

Specifically, the chapter explores how changes to regulation such as GDPR and the new Data Protection Bill reflect the changing consumer attitudes and behaviours around data driven services and the rise of the ‘savvy consumer’ – a smartphone user that jealously guards their privacy and security, and is prepared to take action if a provider is seen as abusing that trust.

The chapter, and the ICLG are available to view online for free now