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Guides

  • Interview with the information commisioner

    Struan Robertson, Editor of OUT-LAW, interviewed Information Commissioner Richard Thomas on 24 June 2003. It was first published in in the Autumn 2003 issue of the OUT-LAW magazine.

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  • Selling financial services online - legally

    This guide is based on UK law. It was last updated in February 2008. As well as rules set down by the Financial Services Authority, financial services companies who sell online must comply with...

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  • Financial and Credit services regulation: an overview

    This guide is based on UK law. It was last updated in September 2008. Businesses which: provide credit or loans hold deposits give investment advice sell insurance policies sell investment products...

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  • When is a contractor not a contractor?

    This guide is based on UK law. It was last updated in June 2011. Not everyone who works is an 'employee'. Often, workers set themselves up in business as consultants or independent contractors so...

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  • Contracts of employment - the rules

    This guide is based on UK law. It was last updated in June 2011. The contract of employment is the agreement between employer and employee which governs the relationship between both parties. It ne...

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  • Equal Opportunities Policies

    This article was written for the Spring 2004 issue of the OUT-LAW magazine Whether it is on the streets of Belfast or the terraces of an Old Firm football match in Glasgow, the stain of sectarianis...

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  • Basic Guide to TUPE

    This guide is based on UK law. It was last updated in June 2011. The purpose of TUPE is to protect employees if the business in which they are employed changes hands. Its effect is to move employee...

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  • Electronic signatures - FAQs

    This article is based on UK law. It was last updated in September 2008.

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  • Encryption and digital signatures

    Encryption refers to the use of an algorithm to encode or 'encrypt' data, thus making it unreadable to anyone except those possessing a piece of information known as a key. The key is used to decrypt the data and make it understandable.

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  • Spam law

    The article that appeared here first appeared in E-Commerce Law and Policy in spring 2003. Since then, however, the law on email marketing has changed . For the current position, see our article on...

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