Crossfire

Matheson’s technology and IP law blog

EU Commission calls on US to remedy concerns with Safe Harbor

February 17th, 2014

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As part of a comprehensive review of EU-US data transfer agreements, the EU Commission released a paper on the Functioning of the Safe Harbor from the Perspective of EU Citizens and Companies Established in the EU on 27 November 2013. Safe Harbor is a method by which personal data may be transferred from EU Member States to organisations in the US despite differing data protection standards. US organisations must self-certify with the US Department of Commerce that they are compliant… Read more…

Hyperlinking – validated at last

February 14th, 2014

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It is the moment that many have been waiting for and it has been worth the wait?  The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has just issued its eagerly anticipated decision in Case C-466/12 Svensson. In essence, the Court found that hyperlinking to a protected work on another website does not constitute a copyright restricted act of “communication to the public” in circumstances where a work is freely available on the initial site. The CJEU’s logic is that… Read more…

EU Commission calls for trust in EU-US data flows to be restored

February 10th, 2014

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The EU Commission has published a communication on “Rebuilding Trust in EU-US Data Flows” as part of a wide review of the data transfer relationship across the Atlantic. It will likely come as no surprise that the revelation of large-scale US spying on electronic data has drawn a sharply negative response from the Commission. In fact, it is quite blunt in its criticism, saying that “mass surveillance of private communication, be it of citizens, enterprises or political leaders, is unacceptable.”… Read more…

Data collection: public interest V personal privacy

February 10th, 2014

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As our lives move increasingly online, more and more people are realising how relevant data protection is to them. January 28, has been designated by the Council of Europe as Data Protection Day, to “give citizens an opportunity to understand what kind of data about them is collected and processed, why this is done, and what rights they have. It is also an opportunity for them to become more aware of the inherent risks associated with the unlawful use or… Read more…

Matheson hosts the second Data Protection Day Seminar

January 29th, 2014

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The law on data protection is changing rapidly and is becoming ever more relevant to Irish citizens and businesses. The Council of Europe has designated January 28, as Data Protection Day to “give citizens an opportunity to understand what kind of data about them is collected and processed, why this is done, and what rights they have.” To coincide with Data Protection Day, Matheson hosted a breakfast seminar on the latest developments in data protection law. Irish Data Protection Commissioner… Read more…