ISPA kicks off 2018 on the front foot with two events

ISPA has kicked off 2018 on the front foot with a GDPR workshop held with ISPA Legal Forum Member Kemp Little in central London. The event included a detailed overview of the new requirements with practical steps that ISPs should be taking to demonstrate compliance.  A second workshop took place in Manchester later in the month held with another Legal Forum Member, DLA Piper. The session also provided practical guidance on GDPR and the impact on ISPs, but also included a presentation from Ombudsman Services on ADR and customer service and ISPA’s agenda for the year ahead.

Slides from the events are available to ISPA members.

Active Policy Agenda

The year started with a Government reshuffle, including the welcome promotion of Matt Hancock to Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DDCMS) and Margot James to Digital Minister. ISPA represented members at a Government  Business Connectivity Roundtable at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) led by the new Digital Minister, Margot James MP earlier this month.

We also attended an Open Internet Forum meeting to gain an incite from DCMS officials on the future of net neutrality after Brexit, and went to the Greater London Authority to attend a forum of infrastructure providers across different sectors to discuss future infrastructure needs in the capital.

ISPA responded to the Home Office Consultation on proposed amendments to the Investigatory Powers Act surrounding data retention. We called on the Government to fully and unambiguously meet the requirements of the judgement on the IP Act from the Court of Justice of the EU to ensure further legal challenges cannot be brought against the UK’s surveillance regime.

2018: a significant year for regulations

2018 sees the implementation of GDPR and the Network Information System (NIS) Directive in May, age verification site blocking legal framework starting in the Spring, detailed plans for a broadband USO, substantial broadband rollout plans by a number of providers, rising cyber security expectations, additional consumer protection measures and much more besides. ISPA is working with and on behalf of its members on these and other key issues. Get in touch with ISPA to find out further information about how you can get involved.

Final Call for ISPA Award Entries

The final few entries for the ISPA Awards are still coming in, with the final deadline for entries left open until this Friday 2nd February. It’s not too late to get your entries in across 13 categories but you better  be quick and register here.  The testing phase starts on 12th February and the deadline to submit written entries is 29th March. You can find all submission details on categories pages here.

The 20th ISPA Awards heads to Manchester

We are thrilled to announce that the venue for the 20th anniversary ISPAs, taking place on the evening of July 12th, is the Midland Hotel in Manchester! This will be the perfect place to bring together all our members from across the country. Tickets will go on sale this month for what is always a highlight of the internet industry calendar.

If you wish to sponsor the ceremony or category at the ISPAs please get in touch by emailing or call 020 3397 3304.








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Safer Internet Day is next week

Safer Internet Day 2018 will take place on Tuesday 6th February with the theme 'Create, Connect and Share Respect: a better internet starts with you.'

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of schools and organisations join together to raise awareness of online safety issues and run events and activities right across the UK.

Visit to download free educational resources and films, register as an official supporter and join the #SID2018 social media campaign using the #ItStartsWithUs templates.

Together we can inspire a better internet! #SID2018

Partner Events

ISPA is media partner of Cable Congress, taking place on 6th and 7th March in London and we offer discounts to the following events in London: 4th Annual Data Quality and Consistency in Banking, 19th-21st March; IoT Tech Expo Global 2018 and AI Expo Global - both taking place on 18th and 19th April; and 7th Edition Risk Data Aggregation and Risk Reporting on 25th-27th April.

ISPA in the News

This month ISPA commented on Court ruling on UK’s surveillance framework which was picked by Computer Weekly and Comms Dealer.