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TMT & Sourcing & IP

ICO's concrete examples give businesses a better chance of meeting cookie law demands

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 hope.

Private messages subject to FOI, says regulator

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.

Government publishes its plans to modernise UK's copyright law following Hargreaves recommendations

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.

Teenagers jailed for three years for encouraging riot in Scottish city

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.

UK's first intellectual property attaché to begin work in China this week

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.

Proposed data retention period under EU-US PNR agreement is excessive, data protection watchdog says

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.


Government sets out its proposals for employment tribunal fees

The Government has outlined its plans to introduce fees for people wishing to bring a claim to an employment tribunal.


Further data protection proposals for law enforcement will clarify existing law, expert says

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.

Communications providers should log personal data security breaches monthly, Information Commissioner says

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.


Retail expert Portas calls for presumption in favour of town centre development and relaxation of planning rules

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) should be tightened to ensure that town centre development is given planning priority, a retail expert has said.


FSA recommends automatic bans for directors of failed banks in report into RBS collapse

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.


Female motorists face £900m hike in annual insurance premiums, Government says

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.


Context of contract terms key to housebuilder's share of profits agreement, court rules

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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