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OPINION: When Europe introduced new rules on cookies many, including us, were up
in arms about the confusing implementation of a potentially troubling law. But
new guidance from the privacy regulator may give web publishers a glimmer of
Messages in private email accounts, text messages and other messaging systems
can be disclosed under freedom of information (FOI) laws if they relate to
public business, the FOI regulator has said.
The Government has proposed legalising the creation mp3 copies of CDs for use on
an mp3 player, 'data mining' for non-commercial use and allowing for the
licensing of material where the copyright holder cannot be traced in proposals
to "modernise" copyright law.
Two teenagers who admitted to attempting to organise a riot in Dundee via
Facebook while similar events were taking place in England have each been jailed
for three years, according to press reports.
The UK Government has appointed an intellectual property (IP) expert to provide
advice about the enforcement of IP rights to companies looking to do business in
China, it has announced.
The proposed 15-year period for which airline traveller information transferred
between the EU and US can be retained is "excessive", the European data
protection watchdog has warned.
The Government has outlined its plans to introduce fees for people wishing to
bring a claim to an employment tribunal.
Different categories of data subject and stricter criteria for the processing of
personal data could be introduced under leaked proposals dealing with how data
can be shared between Europe's law enforcement authorities.
Electronic communication providers should inform the Information Commissioner's
Office (ICO) about breaches to service users' personal data on a monthly basis,
the ICO has said.
The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) should be tightened to ensure that
town centre development is given planning priority, a retail expert has said.
Directors of banks that fail in the future should face "personal consequences"
such as automatic bans, fines or the return of remuneration, the chairman of the
Financial Services Authority (FSA) has said in a report on the near collapse of
the Royal Bank of Scotland.
Women drivers in the UK will pay over £900 million more a year for motor
insurance than they currently do as a result of "broadly negative" changes to EU
gender laws, the Government has said.
Aberdeen City Council was entitled to a share of a housebuilder's profits based
on an 'open market valuation' of the land sold by the housebuilder to a
subsidiary, the Supreme Court has ruled.
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