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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
In April, TIGA, the trade association representing the UK gaming industry, wrote an open letter to PEGI, the European age-rating organisation, suggesting an alternative to the charging of repeat fees for the rating of identical content on multiple platforms by PEGI. read more
June 2, 2014 8:27 AM | Permalink |
Sarah Pearce, Jane Elphick
Last week the ECJ delivered a landmark ruling which sent shockwaves through the global search engine’s European platform. The story has been reported all over the world by major news broadcasters and individuals have already issued ample removal requests in light of the decision. read more
May 21, 2014 10:35 AM | Permalink |
An Edwards Wildman trio discuss the new update in the Google case before The Court of Justice of the European Union (the "CJEU"). read more
On May 6, 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB”) proposed an amendment to Regulation P (the “Proposed Amendment”) that would allow financial institutions that do not engage in certain types of information-sharing to largely cease mailing the annual consumer privacy notices required by the Gramm-Leach Bliley Act (“GLB”) if they post their privacy notices on their websites and meet certain other conditions. read more
April 29, 2014 4:31 PM | Permalink |
Paolo Cerroni, Emma Kingston
Following a number of complaints from its members, TIGA, the trade association representing the UK gaming industry, has written an open letter to PEGI, the European age-rating organisation, regarding its pricing policy. read more
April 29, 2014 3:24 PM | Permalink |
Trupti Reddy

On 29 April 2014, the European Commission (Commission) announced that it had accepted commitments from Samsung, and issued an infringement decision against Motorola Mobility (Motorola), to conclude its investigations against the companies into their use of standard essential patent (SEP) injunctions.

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April 29, 2014 11:38 AM | Permalink |
Sarah Pearce, Jane Elphick
Microsoft’s enterprise cloud contracts have been given the data security seal of approval by the Article 29 Working Party (which represents the national data protection agencies across the EU). The statement from Brussels confirmed that the contracts comply with the EU’s data protection laws and meet the high standards of its model clauses. read more