Cookie Law

The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011  require consent to be obtained for the use of cookies and similar technologies for storing information, and accessing information stored, on a user’s...

Data Loss - What to Do

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has issued guidance for organisations that lose personal data, having reported that it has been notified of nearly 100 such incidents to date. One of the less intuitively obvious suggestions is to think...

Dealing With Breach of Patent

When you discover that a business has breached your patent, what should you do? The answer to this question has two elements. The first is based on what you can do in law and the second is based on business strategy. Firstly, before picking a fight with...

Dealing With Subject Access Requests

Many businesses regard the Data Protection Act 2018 as something that merely requires a lot of form filling and the payment of fees, but there is a lot more to it than that. The purpose of the Act is to protect a person's right to privacy with regard to...

Direct Marketing Via E-mail - Regulations

UK law relating to the sending of unsolicited direct marketing material by electronic means are based on the EC Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications and are modified by the General Data Protection Regulation which started to be enforced in...

E-Commerce Law on Disclosure - Compliance Guide

The Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Regulations introduced specific legislation to underpin e-commerce. If your business has an Internet presence then you need to make sure that you are not falling foul of these new rules. The Regulations do not just...

Enforcing Copyright - The Basics

Copyright is a right that exists as soon as you create the copyright material. You do not have to apply for it. There are some exceptions to copyright, but unless one of these applies, anyone else using your material without your permission is infringing...

Freedom of Information - What it Means in Practice

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000 came fully into force on 1 January 2005. It has serious implications for businesses doing business with the public sector. The reason for this is that because one of the aims of the Act is to engender greater...

ICO 'Must Do' Data Protection Guide

  The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has published a guide to protecting personal data , ' which it describes as outlining the procedures organisations must follow to ensure data security. In the wake of a fine of £200,000 being...

Intellectual Property: Who Owns It?

One of the biggest sources of disputes in industries based on innovation is a difference of opinion about who owns the intellectual property (IP) created in terms of designs, software, processes and systems. This is a general guide for businesses to the...
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