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    How do you allocate risk for downtime in cloud contracts?

    The news earlier this week that Microsoft’s Azures platform had fallen over, taking with the Microsoft 365 service, X-box Live and a host of third party websites and cloud services, is a good reminder of the importance of understanding your delivery model when negotiating contracts and standar...
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  • Artificial Intelligence in the boardroom?

    Some think that one day robots will take over the tedious work that still keeps many humans occupied on a day to day basis. But what about having a robot on a board of directors? Isn’t that the stuff of science-fiction? Apparently not. Deep Knowledge Ventures (DKV), a Hong Kong based venture c...
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  • Changes to VAT rules on digital services and content

    Last month, HMRC published a reminder (PDF) to businesses on forthcoming changes to the treatment of VAT on digital services such as e-books, music, streaming services, online newspaper subscriptions, mobile apps, games and other software. The changes come into effect on 1 January 2015. The new rule...
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  • Government mandates new cyber security standard for key contracts

    Following its launch earlier this year, the UK Government has announced that compliance with the Cyber Essentials standard will be mandatory for suppliers bidding for a number of Central Goverment contracts. What is Cyber Essentials? Cyber Essentials is a UK Government backed information security st...
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  • Autumn seminars by Brodies’ IP and technology lawyers

    Lawyers in Brodies’ IP, Technology and Outsourcing team are hosting a number of seminars as part of Brodies’ autumn 2014 seminar program. The seminars are free – just follow the instructions below to sign up. The seminars cover BOrganised, Brodies’ new cloud-based contract ma...
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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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