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Hot Topics in Intellectual Property and Technology

Our new quarterly publication – Hot Topics in Intellectual Property and Technology – highlights the most significant legal developments in the UK and Europe in the areas of intellectual property and technology, contract, data protection and privacy, trade secrets and advertising and media. Our Hot Topics briefing is intended to keep you abreast of key … Continue Reading

The French data protection authority relaxes restrictions on whistleblowing hotlines

The French data protection authority, the CNIL, has historically placed tight restrictions on the permitted scope of reporting to a whistleblowing hotline, especially if authorisation is to be sought under the Blanket Authorisation of 2005 (referred to as AU-004). Until now, this simplified procedure could only be used to obtain authorisation for hotlines which invited … Continue Reading

New CNIL guidance on cookie use

On 5 December 2013, the French data protection authority, the CNIL, published new guidance (with supporting user-friendly factsheets) on the use of cookies by businesses operating in France.  The guidance updates the CNIL’s informal recommendations on the use of tracing technologies first published at the end of 2011.   All businesses using cookies must familiarise themselves … Continue Reading

New EU Data Protection Regulation – the Council’s protracted negotiations may endanger progress

The proposed EU Data Protection Regulation continues to be considered by EU Member State representatives. The proposed Regulation was published by the European Commission on 25 January 2012 and the European Parliament voted in favour of an amended version in October last year. It is now being deliberated by the Council of the European Union … Continue Reading

Data Protection Actions to Watch in 2014

As 2013 comes to an end it is advisable to note that reporting of data breaches this year reached a record high and included a number of high-profile incidents targeting such diverse entities as grocery chain Schnuck Markets, health care provider Kaiser Permanente, Yahoo and LexisNexis. More significantly, 2013 appears to have witnessed an uptick … Continue Reading