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  • Electronic Communications: extension of Government interception

    The Home Secretary Theresa May has announced the Government’s intention to introduce legislation in next month’s Queen’s Speech which will extend the capabilities of law-enforcement agencies to intercept and store electronic communications (including telephone calls, instant messages, texts, s...
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  • e-update on Meltwater/online news clippings case – have you checked your licence arrangements?

    Following on from Leigh’s recent blog, we have this morning issued an e-update on the Copyright Tribunal’s decision in the latest round of the Newspaper Licensing Agency (NLA), which represents the eight national newspaper groups, and the news aggregation service, Meltwater, and what thi...
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  • Techblogger article on the regulation of online marketing and social media

    I have an article in this month’s edition of The Grocer, looking at recent changes to the regulation of non-paid for online advertising. Non-paid for advertising (such as an organisation’s own website, or its use of social media networks) now comes within the remit of the Advertising Sta...
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  • RNIB launches web accessibility discrimination claim against BMI Baby

    I see that the RNIB has announced that it is taking action against BMI Baby over the failure of the airline to make its website accessible to blind and partially sighted customers. If it goes to court, this will be the first court case in the UK in relation to website accessibility. My understanding...
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  • e-update on the draft data protection regulation – what price harmonisation?

    Following on from my blog on the implications of the new draft data protection regulation for outsourcing in the UK, and John’s blog on the remainder of the draft regulation, we’ve pulled together an e-update summarising the key issues. In particular, we question whether the cost savings...
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  • The draft data protection regulation – a summary of the key provisions

    European Union Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding has announced a proposal for a new General Data Protection Regulation for the protection of personal data in the European Union. The proposals retain the general principles of data protection law, but also introduce some significant changes around: ...
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  • Opinion piece on behavioural advertising and cookies

    I have an opinion piece in this week’s edition of Computing magazine. The article is based on my blog a couple of months ago following my experience with the hotels.com and Guardian websites. What do you think? Is transparency and information about behavioural advertising an issue? Did you kno...
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  • How does Amazon’s new religious beliefs patent equate with data protection laws?

    According to online reports, internet retailer Amazon has just been granted a new US patent for a system aimed at “mining of user event data to identify users with common interests”. The system analyses user behaviour to profile users into different categories. Amongst the things monitor...
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  • Advertising rules for websites and social media – some top tips

    This blog post was published earlier today as an e-update to our email subscribers. To receive e-updates from Brodies’ Technology, Information and Outsourcing Group please register your details or contact your usual TIO Group contact. On 1 March the remit of the Adverting Standards Authority (...
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  • Not so stealthy ‘astroturfing’ of new Nokia Lumia Smartphone

    You may have heard the recent outcry over favourable product reviews by Nokia and a Microsoft employees posted (anonymously, of course) about the new Nokia Lumia 600 Smartphone (which sits on Microsoft’s Mango OS) on a third party website. These comments have been criticised for not being genuine ...
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  • ICO publishes updated guidance on cookies compliance

    The Information Commissioner’s Office has today published updated guidance on how organisations should comply with the new rules on cookies that came into force earlier this year. As regular Techblog readers will remember, the new rules came into force without any clear guidance on how organis...
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  • Embedding accessible design skills in the next generation of web developers

    Last Monday I was in Dundee, speaking to final students at the University of Dundee’s School of Computing. The School of Computing takes quite a holistic view of teaching computing, and one of the modules covers the “real world”. The School asks external experts to come in and talk...
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  • Creating a successful online business

    Last month I attended a Glasgow Chamber of Commerce “Glasgow Talks” presentation by the former managing director of amazon.com in the UK, Glaswegian Brian McBride. I’ve finally found time to look at the notes I made. Brian reflected on his career in business, and offered thoughts o...
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