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Information Technology

Snooping on employee emails breaches the right to a private life

In the case of Bărbulescu v Romania, a case in which an employee was fired for using his workplace instant messenger to send personal messages, the Grand Chamber of the Court of Human Rights has ruled that the Romanian domestic authorities’ failure to adequately protect Mr Bărbulescu (B) from the monitoring of his workplace communications by his employer was in violation of his right to respect for private and family life under Article 8 of the Convention.

The true cost of cyber attacks

A new report released by Oxford Economics, has shown that FTSE 100 companies take a huge hit to their market value following a serious cyber attack. The study, that looked at 65 severe breaches at listed companies, was the first to establish a link between...

5 of the worst data breaches in 2017 so far

In 2016 we saw a rise in the number of historic data breaches taking place with huge companies and millions of people being affected. 2017 doesn’t appear to show any signs of hackers slowing down with news feeds filled with data breach instances...

Passwords: Why are we still getting it wrong?

123456. qwerty. password. We’ve all done it. Despite constantly being told to mix up our passwords and include everything from capital letters to hieroglyphics (well, not quite) we’re still using predictable patterns that hold the key to our...

One year until GDPR comes into force

It is exactly one year until the General Data Protection Regulation comes into force in the UK, putting more responsibility in the hands of organisations that handle personal data. So what of the ransomware attack on NHS organisations earlier this month in the UK?  What might the implications have been for the affected NHS organisations under GDPR?

A new Cookie flavour? - leaked e-Privacy Regulation draft

We now know that the EU Directive,  best known in the UK through its implementation as the “ Cookie law ”, is in line for a make-over.  That directive is the reason why every time one enters a website for the first time on a computer,...

Investigatory Powers Bill in 'Ping Pong'

The Investigatory Powers Bill (also known as the “Snooper’s Charter”) on 2nd November again made its way back to the House of Commons, following a rejection of an amendment inserted by Parliament following a majority vote in the House of...

Giving contracts 'the legal once-over" - Part Two

In Part One, I introduced the methodology I adopt when asked by clients to give a contract “the legal once-over”, and looked at some particular issues when the client is the purchaser. In this Part Two, I will look at some of the issues that are...

Giving contracts "the legal once-over" - Part one

The phone rings... And after the usual pleasantries, we get down to the purpose of the call. “Can you just have a quick look at this agreement we are about to sign - I have sorted the commercial points but I would like you just to give it the legal...

3 reasons why you need to get your commercial contracts in order before investment

Think back to the time when you decided to sell your house. I’m guessing that before you got the estate agent around, you did some work on your property. If you were lucky it was no more than a de-clutter! Regardless of how much work you did before the...
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