9 Reasons Why Rural Broadband Connectivity Is An Election Priority

9 Reasons Why Rural Broadband Connectivity Is An Election Priority

BDUK has released figures to the end of December 2014 purporting to show how well their so-called “rural” broadband programme is going. The trouble is, the figures are fairly meaningless because they only show how many premises could potentially connect to Superfast (24 Mb+) broadband. What the report doesn’t don’t show is how many homes and […]

New EU guidelines to help businesses get the most out of the Cloud

New EU guidelines to help businesses get the most out of the Cloud

The European Commission has published new Guidelines today to help business users save money and get the most out of cloud computing services. Developed by the Cloud Select Industry Group as part of the Commission’s European Cloud Strategy to increase trust in cloud computing services, the Cloud Service Level Agreement Standardisation Guidelines have the backing of top businesses, including […]

European Court Declares Data Retention Directive Invalid

European Court Declares Data Retention Directive Invalid

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 […]

Services Directive

Services Directive

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 […]

Directive on the legal protection of computer programs (2009)

Directive on the legal protection of computer programs (2009)

EU Member States must protect computer programs by copyright. Programs should be protected as literary works, within the meaning of the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works. Computer programs include their preparatory design material. The protection provided for in Directive 2009/24/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2009 on the […]