Technology News

17 April 2014

Partnering and good faith – what does this mean?

When parties have entered into a detailed contractual arrangement, the court is reluctant to interpret the written terms in a way which might “distort” the bargain they have made. If parties want an obligation of good faith to exist, they need to specifically include one – relying on the label of “partnering” is not enough.

07 April 2014

One step closer to a safer cyber space: the European Parliament votes through the NIS Directive

In March the European Parliament voted through the Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive. The NIS (or cyber-security) Directive was proposed in early 2013 and is intended to ensure a high common level of network and information security across the EU.

24 March 2014

Burges Salmon continues sector coverage with publication of outsourcing roundtable

Andrew Dunlop, a partner in the firm’s TMT sector team, has seen his contribution to a virtual roundtable on the topic of Outsourcing published in Corporate LiveWire.

18 March 2014

Data security risk as window closes on automatic updates

In three weeks' time, official technical support for Microsoft Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2003 will end. Any organisation using this software should be taking steps to ensure that their IT systems will remain secure after 8 April 2014.

27 February 2014

ICO updates privacy impact assessment code

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has recently published its updated privacy impact assessments code of practice. The updated code includes useful guidance on when a privacy impact assessment (PIA) should be carried out and actions to consider at each stage of the process. It also offers some tips on measures that can be taken to reduce privacy risk.

28 January 2014

Parliament to scrutinise overhaul of UK consumer law

The Consumer Rights Bill, the most wide ranging reform of consumer law in decades, has been laid before Parliament. The Bill consolidates the majority of UK consumer law relating to the sale of goods, supply of services and unfair contract terms. It also includes specific, new provisions for the supply of digital content.

13 January 2014

ICO to focus resources on investigating repeat or serious data protection breaches

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is consulting on a new approach to how it manages data protection complaints. Our Data Protection team take a closer look at the proposed changes.

10 January 2014

New guidance from ICO on privacy in app design

The ICO has recently published guidance for app developers setting out questions that should be considered during the development cycle and the relevant requirements under the Data Protection Act. Whilst the guidance is aimed at developers, clearly any organisation that offers consumers apps should take note.

26 November 2013

Copyright protection for computer software - Court of Appeal holds firm

In the leading software copyright case of SAS Institute Inc v World Programming Ltd, the Court of Appeal recently dismissed an appeal by SAS concerning the extent to which copyright protection can be granted to computer software. It confirms that establishing infringement will be difficult unless you can prove there is access to and copying of the source code.

26 September 2013

The ICO explains encryption and the options available

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has always recommended encrypting any files or portable media containing personal data. The ICO has now written a short blog post on how encryption works and some of the available encryption options.

07 June 2013

The high cost of Twitter – The Lord McAlpine of West Green v Sally Bercow [2013] EWHC 1342(QB)

Latest Twitter libel judgment provides both a warning to social media users: The Lord McAlpine of West Green v Sally Bercow [2013] EWHC 1342(QB)