Crossfire

Matheson’s technology and IP law blog

UK Court of Appeal finds that information may not be subject to a common law lien

March, 2014

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Your Response Limited v Datateam Business Media Limited [2014] EWCA Civ 218 As an update to our previous post on this issue, on 14 March the UK Court of appeal decided that liens cannot be held over electronic data contained in a database. In this case, a data hosting service provider tried to exercise a lien over a database that it hosted for a customer when the customer failed to pay its fees under contract. While common law liens do… Read more…

EU parliament endorses LIBE draft of EU Data Protection Regulation

March, 2014

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MEPs yesterday voted overwhelmingly in favour of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE) draft of the new EU data protection regulation, which is a radical and comprehensive overhaul of the dated EU data protection framework. We summarised the main points in a previous post. The reform now has the strong support of both the EU Parliament and the EU Commission which comprise two thirds of the EU legislature. However, the regulation’s real test is in the EU… Read more…

EU body publishes report on Cloud Standards Coordination in Europe

March, 2014

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The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), which was tasked by the European Commission to help identify standardised cloud computing standards in Europe, has published a report that maps out the cloud standard landscape in Europe and suggests recommendations for the industry. ETSI’s mission was to “cut through the jungle of standards”, but this 59-page report does not make adhering to cloud computing standards an easy task for any organisation intending to offer cloud services. The report suggests that this area… Read more…