Crossfire

Matheson’s technology and IP law blog

CJEU finds that fees can be charged for data subject access requests, as long as they’re not excessive

January 24th, 2014

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As we noted in a previous post, data subject access requests can often be an onerous burden on any organisation that receives them, as they must produce a significant volume of documents containing the personal data of the person making the request. It can be a lengthy and costly exercise. On 12 December 2013, the CJEU clarified an ambiguity in certain language versions (including English) of the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC as to whether a data controller is entitled to… Read more…

Modernising Copyright…..Irish Style!

December 9th, 2013

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“Modernising Copyright”, the much awaited report of the Copyright Review Committee, was published on 29 October 2013 and is being officially launched today 9 December 2013. The report recommends the establishment of a Copyright Council of Ireland with a mandate for advocacy, education, management of collective licensing and alternative dispute resolution. It also proposes a lower court IP jurisdiction, namely the introduction of an intellectual property claims procedure in the District Court and the establishment of a specialist intellectual property… Read more…

Ireland named as “best country for business” by Forbes

December 5th, 2013

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Great news! Ireland has grabbed the top spot in the Forbes listing of the “best countries for business 2013”. Forbes measures countries using 11 different factors such as investor protection, tax burden and red tape and found that Ireland was the only one to rank in the top 15% of each. The article notes that Ireland’s well-educated, flexible and English-speaking workforce and accommodating tax system were the main draws for international investors. This news comes at an exciting time for… Read more…

Cybercrime in Ireland – the stats

December 5th, 2013

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Deloitte recently published its Irish Information Security and Cybercrime Survey 2013. The survey results will be of particular interest to insurers providing cyber insurance products and cyber extensions. Strong growth in the field of cyber insurance is predicted for the coming years and cyber cover has increasingly become an add-on for professional indemnity and financial institutions policies. The survey, now in its second year, contains a number of interesting findings relating to public and private sector experiences of cybercrime in… Read more…

Clearing the fog for SMEs?: The European Commission announces expert group to draw up model “cloud” contract terms for small businesses

November 27th, 2013

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Many SMEs in the EU have shown reluctance to sign up to cloud services, despite their economic benefits, because of the confusion they face over the nature of cloud service contracts and in particular security and data protection concerns. On 28 October 2013, the European Commission took a potential positive first step in clearing up such confusion by setting up an expert group to identify best practice for addressing these concerns. The expert group aims to produce model “cloud” clauses… Read more…