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  • Survey finds 85% of apps fail to provide basic privacy information

    A survey by the Global Privacy Enforcement Network has found that of over 1,200 mobile apps reviewed 85% failed to explain to users how they were collecting, using and disclosing personal information. The Global Privacy Enforcement Nework comprises privacy regulators in various countries around the ...
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  • Introducing BOrganised – our new contract management service

    Over the (many) years I have worked as a commercial contracts lawyer, I have often heard it said that, “a good contract is one that you can put in the drawer once it has been signed without the need to look at it again.” To my mind, such a statement is not only untrue; it’s......
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  • Police tackle inappropriate social media use

    A BBC report today indicates that police forces in England and Wales are making use of disciplinary action and social media policies to tackle inappropriate use of social media by staff both within and outwith working hours. Steve White, chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales stresse...
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  • Information Commissioner signals change in enforcement strategy

    In the past 12 months, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has seen the way in which it has attempted apply its enforcement powers substantially curtailed. There have now been two successful appeals against monetary penalty notices (MPNs) issued by the ICO. Last month, the decision in ...
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  • Court upholds liquidated damages for breach of key personnel clause

    My colleague Ross McGuinness (in our Construction and Engineering team) has blogged on a recent case on liquidated damages, which is likely to be of interest to those involved in negotiating and managing IT contracts. Liquidated damages As with IT contracts, liquidated damages clauses are frequently...
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  • Government publishes its review into the “midata” scheme

    The UK Government recently published its review into its “midata” scheme, which was launched back in November 2011. What is the “midata” scheme? The “midata” scheme forms part of the Government’s wider policy of providing better information and better protection for consumers (which in...
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  • What is “the purpose”?

    At first glance, no-one would think there would be any difficulty in knowing what “the purpose” means.  It’s a normal English word, not legal jargon, right? Not in this case unfortunately.  Two contracting parties ended up in the English High Court arguing about the exact meaning...
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  • Consumer contracts – does your online sales process comply with the new laws?

    Last Friday a number of changes came into force in relation to the laws governing business to consumer contracts. These changes are relevant to all businesses – whether concluding contracts on their premises or off-premises or at distance (for example, online or by phone). If you have not alre...
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  • New ICO guidance on information security for online services

    The Information Commissioner (ICO) has this morning published a guidance note on protecting personal data in online services. The report is subtitled “learning from the mistakes of others”, a not so subtle reference to a number of recent information security incidents. The advice isnR...
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  • Are you the next Scottish Digital Technology Company of the Year?

    We’re delighted to be sponsoring the Digital Technlogy Company of the Year (large company) at next month’s ScotlandIS Digital Technology Awards in Glasgow. The awards recognise the best of Scotland’s Digital Technologies Industry, from innovative start-ups to multinationals, across...
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  • US court orders Microsoft to disclose data held on server in Ireland

    Last week I blogged about the Article 29 Working Party’s “approval” of Microsoft’s terms and conditions for its cloud based services such as Azure, Dynamics and Office365. The Article 29 Working Party’s statement was relevant (from a PR perspective for Microsoft) becaus...
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  • EU data protection authorities issue updated opinions and guidance on cloud and offshoring

    The Article 29 Working Party (A29WP), a grouping of representatives from the 28 EU national data protection authorities, has issued a number of opinions and working papers in recent weeks that are relevant to users of cloud based services. Whilst the A29WP’s opinions and views do not create bi...
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  • New Technology Transfer Block Exemption Regulation

    The European Commission has announced that a new Technology Transfer Block Exemption Regulation (“TTBER”) will apply from 1 May 2014 and replace the existing framework which expires on 30 April 2014. The TTBER is relevant to anyone involved in the licensing of technology. The Guidelines on the T...
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