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UK government defines 'big data' and is advised to take lead on harnessing 'internet of things' opportunities

The UK government could use 'big data' to pre-fill forms that the public need to complete when engaging with government services online, tailor those services to "individuals and population cohorts" and better monitor how policies are being delivered at local... 19 Dec 2014

New UK IP laws might restrict unregistered design rights

UK intellectual property laws which came into force earlier this year might serve to diminish the rights designers have in unregistered designs, according to a judge at the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court in London. 17 Dec 2014

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Consumer Rights Bill: new rules on liability proposed for digital content suppliers

Businesses that supply digital content to consumers would be able to insert contract terms that would exclude them from liability for damage caused by their content to consumers' devices or other digital content, under proposed new consumer protection laws... 11 Dec 2014

UK retailers urged to clarify "complex supplier arrangements" in their audited accounts

Large UK retailers must make sure that their investors fully understand any fees, discounts, offers and rebates agreed with their suppliers by including sufficient "clear and relevant information" in their annual accounts, the watchdog has said. 10 Dec 2014

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