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September 2, 2014 8:13 AM | Permalink |
Arthur Harding, Seth Davidson
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released a Report and Order adopting the schedule of regulatory fees for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014. The Report and Order also discusses certain changes to the regulatory fee rules that were proposed last year and will take effect in Fiscal Year 2015, including an increase in the “de minimis fee” exception from $10 to $500.  read more
September 2, 2014 6:10 AM | Permalink |
Sarah Pearce, Jane Elphick
Last month, The Information Commissioners Office (the ICO) released a report entitled ‘Big data and data protection’ (the Report), which addresses the issues surrounding the big data debate and how businesses can ensure their big data practices are compliant with current data protection law. read more
August 11, 2014 12:18 PM | Permalink |
Sarah Pearce, Jane Elphick
Back in May this year, the CJEU handed down a ruling which will impact not only search engines, but companies all over the world who process data in Europe. For commentary please click here or for practical advice following the ruling click here. read more
August 7, 2014 1:52 PM | Permalink |
David Anderson
On August 6, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it had approved another Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) safe harbor provider. read more
July 31, 2014 1:38 PM | Permalink |
David Anderson

On July 16, 2014, the FTC issued its first update to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act FAQs.

All of the updates were with respect to FAQ’s related to Verifiable Parental Consent. FAQ H.5 and FAQ H.10 were updated and revised, while FAQ H.16 is completely new.

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Threats to mobile security were highlighted in a report recently published by McAfee, the provider of digital and online security services and software (see the full report here). In particular, it stressed the growing threat posed by malware targeting mobile platforms, increasingly through apps and services downloaded by the device’s user, in order to gain unauthorised access to personal and sensitive commercial data.

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July 28, 2014 8:49 AM | Permalink |
Sarah Pearce, Jane Elphick
The International Data Corporation recently reported that worldwide public cloud revenue reached £26.7 billion last year. Rapid developments in the sector present new challenges to EU data protection law, in particular, the way in which Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) transfer data across Europe and worldwide have prompted unease from European ministers. read more
July 21, 2014 4:39 PM | Permalink |
Sarah Pearce, Jane Elphick
Recently, there has been increased concern over the ever slipping timetable of the Draft Data Protection Regulation, see here and here for our previous commentary on the issue. read more
July 21, 2014 3:23 PM | Permalink |
Sarah Pearce, Jane Elphick

On 10 July 2014, the UK Government announced emergency legislation in the form of the Data Retention and Investigations Powers Bill (“the Bill”), which would require communications service providers (“CSPs”) to retain communications data for up to 12 months. This was the result of a European Court of Justice decision declaring European Directive 2006/24/EC incompatible with Articles 7 and 8 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. The Directive was introduced in the wake of the 2004 and 2005 terrorist attacks to allow governments to prevent future attacks.

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July 21, 2014 9:28 AM | Permalink |
Sarah Pearce, Jane Elphick

On 17 July 2014, the CJEU ruled that data relating to a subject in a meeting minute is “personal data” for the purposes of the Data Protection Directive (95/46/EC). However, any legal analysis on that data is not personal data.

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July 14, 2014 8:29 AM | Permalink |
Gareth Dickson
The Farnborough Airshow takes place over the next two weeks and it looks set to be another excellent exhibition. Edwards Wildman will be exhibiting at Stand 1/D2 in Hall 1, so please stop by if you're going to be there and say Hello, or follow our Tweets using the hashtag #1_D2. read more
July 8, 2014 5:37 PM | Permalink |
Gareth Dickson
As many readers of this blog will know, ICANN is intent on the development of policy through a "bottom-up, multi-stakeholder" process which gives all members of the Internet community a say in the administration of the domain name system. When constituents come together in this way, policy is developed through compromise, even if no-one gets everything they wanted. read more
July 8, 2014 1:42 PM | Permalink |
Sarah Pearce, Jane Elphick
The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) has expressed concern over the growing craze of wearable technology. The latest gadget released this week is “Google Glass”, a pair of glasses that allows you to video and photograph your surroundings, which is now available for purchase in the UK if you are over 18. read more
The European Commission’s (“EC”) cloud computing strategy, which launched in 2012, identified three “key actions” to encourage the use of cloud computing. The second of these key actions, developing model contract terms, led to the recent release of the Cloud Service Level Agreement Standardisation Guidelines (“Guidelines”).  read more
‘International roaming’ enables consumers to use their mobile phones when they travel abroad. Foreign networks agree to provide mobile network services to the customers of the domestic networks in exchange for a fee which is passed on to the consumer. Roaming charges were high and continued to rise until the European legislature took action, reducing fees by a colossal 80-90% since 2007. read more
June 24, 2014 3:38 PM | Permalink |
An Edwards Wildman team discuss the major amendment changes that Florida has made on its breach notification statute as of July 1. read more
On Friday, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed the Florida Information Protection Act of 2014 (SB 1524, the “Act”) into law, amending Florida’s breach notification statute effective July 1, 2014. The amendments are significant and will increase compliance obligations and risks to businesses that collect personal information of individuals “in Florida.” read more
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) expanded its recent focus on cybersecurity by addressing the responsibilities of corporate boards. read more
June 13, 2014 11:19 AM | Permalink |
Martin Henshall
Nominet, the UK domain name registry, has launched new “.uk” domain names, giving individuals and businesses an opportunity to use a “shorter, sharper” domain name extension. read more
June 12, 2014 3:02 PM | Permalink |
Edwards Wildman's Privacy and Data Protection Group is pleased to announce that the newest edition of its White Paper, "Everyone's Nightmare: Privacy and Data Breach Risks," has been issued. read more