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July 2004 Articles

  • Nanotech needs nanolaw, says report

    30 Jul 2004

    The UK's Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering yesterday published an independent study into the implications, applications and potential regulation of nanotechnology, recommending that more research and tighter regulation are required.

  • MPs approve ID cards, but some details 'unacceptable'

    30 Jul 2004

    The Home Affairs Select Committee has published a majority report that approves, in principle, Government plans for an identity card – but warns of serious shortcomings in the detail of the proposals, and finds some elements of the Government's...

  • California's privacy policy law affects us all

    30 Jul 2004

    A new privacy law came into force on 1st July, demanding that all commercial web sites that collect "personally identifiable information" from users in California must now have a conspicuous privacy policy on their web sites – even if based overseas....

  • India getting data protection laws within months

    30 Jul 2004

    The Indian Government announced on Wednesday that laws to introduce a new data protection regime, which will help European and US companies when outsourcing to the sub-continent, are likely to be in place within the next few months.

  • Businesses struggling with IT law compliance

    29 Jul 2004

    British businesses are finding it hard to cope with the volume and complexity of rules and regulations governing the use of IT in the workplace, according to new research from internet solutions provider Star Internet.

  • Russian hackers arrested over bookie blackmail

    29 Jul 2004

    Russian hackers involved in an extortion racket that cost British business around £40 million in damages were arrested last week in a joint operation between the UK's National Hi-Tech Crime Unit and its Russian counterparts.

  • 2004 Big Brother Awards

    29 Jul 2004

    Privacy International last night announced the winners of its Big Brother Awards 2004, the sixth year that the privacy group has run a competition to name those who have "done the most to devastate privacy and civil liberties in the UK".

  • Rogue diallers: Irish regulator consults

    29 Jul 2004

    The Irish communications regulator yesterday launched a consultation on proposals for combating the growing problem of rogue diallers – including the suspension of direct dial access to destinations such as the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and French...

  • Confusing opt-out messages sent to SMS marketers

    29 Jul 2004

    An advertising watchdog yesterday ruled against O2 after a complaint that the mobile company's text message marketing failed to provide an opt-out. But SMS marketers, it seems, receive confusing messages.

  • Polo appeal has a hole in it

    28 Jul 2004

    The UK's Court of Appeal has upheld a ruling that Nestlé could not make material amendments to a trade mark application in the middle of the application process. The confectionary giant wanted to protect the shape of a Polo mint.