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  • The secret’s out! Trade Secrets Directive approved

    Finally, on 14 April 2016, the EU Trade Secrets Directive was approved by the EU Parliament … but it was very close to the wire. After a very long gestation period (it was first considered in June 2012) the Parliament finally voted in favour 503/131 of its provisions being adopted. This was despit...
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    ICO issues updated guidance on direct marketing

    The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) recently updated its guidance in respect of direct marketing. Whilst applicable to all organisations, the updated guidance has a strong focus on not-for-profit organisations, and follows on from recent concerns expressed by the ICO in relation to data pr...
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    GDPR passes final approvals

    The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has passed through the final stages of approval, clearing the way for publication in the Official Journal. The GDPR will come into force roughly two years following the date of publication. Following political agreement between the European Commission, t...
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    National data protection authorities express concerns with Privacy Shield

    Earlier today the Article 29 Working Party (29WP) published its response to Privacy Shield, the European Commission’s proposal to replace Safe Harbor for data transfers to the United States. Whilst the 29WP’s statement (PDF) welcomes a number of “significant improvements” ove...
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  • First modern slavery statements due shortly

    Businesses with financial year-ends falling on 31 March 2016 onwards will be required to publish their annual modern slavery statement for the previous financial year. The requirement in section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 applies to commercial organisations supplying goods or services in the ...
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    Preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation – attend our free seminars

    Earlier this week, the Information Commissioner’s Office published a short guide (PDF) setting out 12 steps that organisations can take now to help them prepare for the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will come into effect in 2018. The GDPR will impact on all organisations...
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    Privacy Shield – the Commission publishes further details

    On Monday (29 February), the European Commission published further information on Privacy Shield, the new mechanism proposed by the Commission and the United States to legitimise transfers of personal data to the United states. What has been published? The documents published by the Commission inclu...
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    Safe Harbor/Privacy Shield – the ICO speaks

    Earlier this month, the Article 29 Working Party (WP29) published its initial response to the European Commission’s announcement on Privacy Shield. In short, the WP29 stated that it needed to see more detail in order for it to assess the proposals. Meantime, the use of the EU Standard Contract...
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  • New ODR information requirements for websites selling to EU consumers

    Last month we published an update on a delay to the European Commission’s online dispute resolution (ODR) platform for consumer disputes. As a result of the delay in making the platform available, traders were given a 6 week period to familiarise themselves with the platform and make the neces...
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    Loss of trade mark rights by default?

    Owners of registered community trade marks (CTMs) filed before 22 June 2012 may soon lose the full scope of coverage that they thought they had in terms of types of goods and services covered by their trade mark. They will have a one off opportunity to take action to prevent this only between 23 Mar...
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    Data controllers provide ICO with key concerns on the GDPR

    Last week I attended a stakeholder workshop organised by the Information Commissioner (ICO) on the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The workshop was attended by a range of representatives from central government and other public sector bodies, private and third sector organisations, in...
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    European Commission announces agreement on replacement for Safe Harbor

    The European Commission has this evening announced political agreement with the United States on a new data transfer regime to replace Safe Harbor, which the CJEU declared invalid in October last year. The announcement follows four months of intensive negotiations between the EU and the United State...
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    A Fair Result?

    A recent newspaper story has highlighted the merits of resolving IP disputes without resorting to litigation, where issues of reputation are at stake.  Fashion giant Chanel has apologised to Fair Isle designer Mati Ventrillon for using a design of a jumper which she had created as part of Chanel...
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