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European Court Declares Data Retention Directive Invalid

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On 8 April 2014 the European Court of Justice ruled that the Data Retention Directive 2006/24/EC interferes in a particularly serious manner with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data. The Directive is declared invalid. Today’s guest post by Sylvie Rousseau and Matthias Vierstraete explains what the court decided [...]

CAN SPAM Act 2003 and your email marketing campaign

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Are you sending business emails to recipients anywhere in the United States? The US CAN SPAM Act of 2003 sets out the rules for commercial email. The Act establishes requirements for commercial messages, gives recipients the right to have you stop emailing them, and provides tough penalties for violations. The CAN SPAM Act does not [...]

Bribery Act 2010

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The United Kingdom’s Bribery Act 2010 (text) creates a new offence under section 7 which can be committed by commercial organisations which fail to prevent persons associated with them from bribing another person on their behalf. An organisation that can prove it has adequate procedures in place to prevent persons associated with it from bribing will have a [...]

22 e-contract legal and security risks

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A contract is the defining document for cementing the relationship between the business and customer. Not only does it establish the parties’ intentions and expectations on what goods and services have been offered and accepted, the contract should also set out the road map to resolve difficulties if something were to go wrong, for whatever [...]

53 Essential IT Security Tips For Your Digital Business (1) (1)

As IT and the Internet matures we are all becoming much wiser about many of the online threats facing us personally and the organisations where we work. However, cyber criminals are becoming cleverer and more sophisticated too! New threats, different ways of attacking network and information systems, and more sophisticated malware demand that we keep [...]

Access Assist – Data Protection App

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International law firm Allen and Overy are certainly thinking outside the box! For the corporate law firm launched a data protection app back in 2012 that aims to help organisations respond to subject access requests (SARs). The app requires iOS 4.3 or later and is compatible with iPad. Known as Access Assist, this smart little [...]

Online Consumer: Using the law to keep them happy

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With global Internet sales increasing year on year consumer choice and robust customer support mechanisms are fast becoming the key differentiators for the consumer when purchasing goods and services online. But not every Internet company has got it right. So, what can you do to ensure the consumer keeps on returning to your website and [...]

3 Encrypted Email Services To Consider

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The saga of encrypted email service Lavabit continues to be a measuring stick for privacy as the case works its way through the courts. It was discovered that Edward Snowden, the now famous NSA whistleblower (or traitor depending on your point of view), used a Lavabit account for most of his communications with reporters and [...]

The Convenience of Smart Home Automation Could Compromise Security

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Smart home installations are projected to reach 21.5 million homes by 2017, according to the the Second Edition of Research and MarketsSmart Homes and Home Automation study. Many security experts warn about security vulnerabilities tied to individual single-function digital devices (like light controls) and fully-automated smart homes. But there is mounting evidence to suggest that all of [...]

Services Directive

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The EU Services Directive was introduced to remove unjustifiable or discriminatory requirements affecting the setting up or carrying on of a relevant service. A service is an economic activity normally provided for remuneration and which is not a contract for employment. Types of a service include Business services: management consultancy; professional services such as lawyers, accountants and actuaries; advertising; certification and testing; facilities management, including [...]