Crossfire

Matheson’s technology and IP law blog

The long roll out begins – Are brand owners prepared?

October, 2013

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Wednesday the 23rd of October was an exciting and historic day for the internet as the first four domains from ICANN’s New Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs) Program were cleared to proceed to delegation. This is the first step in what will be a measured roll out of the new gTLDs. The four newly delegated gTLDs are in Arabic, Cyrillic and Chinese scripts for “web / network”, “online”, “site”, and “game(s)” The delegation of these gTLDs marks the first time that… Read more…

Head of Matheson’s Technology Group to speak at San Francisco conference

October, 2013

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The head of Matheson’s Technology and Data Protection Group will speak at a major San Francisco conference on cloud computing and data protection on 5 November 2013. The Conference is organised by the American Conference Institute. It will focus on negotiating and drafting sophisticated agreements that achieve business and technical goals while remaining compliant with data protection laws. John said, “It’s an honour to be asked to speak at this event, one of the leading US conferences covering technology law… Read more…

EU Committee votes in favour of data protection regulation

October, 2013

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After a broad consensus was reached between EU political parties, the EU Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (“LIBE”) has voted overwhelmingly in favour of a draft data protection regulation (the “Regulation”), which means the Regulation will move on to the next stage in the legislative process. The EU Parliament now has a mandate for negotiations with the Council and will work towards reaching a common agreement. The LIBE draft, which will form the basis of those… Read more…

Working Party issues guidance on binding corporate rules for processors

October, 2013

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Following its launch of processor binding corporate rules (“BCRs”) on 1 January 2013, the Article 29 Working Party (the “Working Party”), the independent body set up under the European Data Protection Directive to advise on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data, published an explanatory document on 19 April 2013. Controller BCRs became an increasingly succesful method of guaranteeing safeguards to personal data in a global context in the almost ten years since their adoption,… Read more…

OECD revises guidelines governing the protection of privacy and transborder flows of personal data

October, 2013

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In the first update of its 1980 Recommendation Concerning Guidelines Governing the Protection of Privacy and Transborder Flows of Personal Data (“Guidelines”), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (the “OECD”) released a revised version of the Guidelines on 11 July 2013. The Guidelines were internationally recognised and formed the basis for much of the data protection legislation in the EU, US and Asia. The revision was made to take into account technological advancements and the increased importance of personal data… Read more…