Crossfire

Matheson’s technology and IP law blog

Opportunity knocks? Switzerland pitches “Swiss Cloud” in wake of spying scandal

November 21st, 2013

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Swisscom, the majority Swiss government-owned telecommunications company, has announced that it plans to offer a “Swiss Cloud” to companies who want to store their data securely and privately. The company claims that the cloud would offer a higher level of security against the spying activities of national authorities than anywhere else in the world. The increased security is largely a result of strict Swiss data protection laws (which were largely inspired by EU data protection laws) and the storage of… Read more…

The problem of the anti-NSA clause in the EU Data Protection Regulation

November 6th, 2013

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In our previous post where we outlined the progress of the draft EU Data Protection Regulation, we noted that the current draft includes a clause to the effect that transfers to authorities outside the EU will not be permitted except on the basis of EU Law, and that data subjects have a right to know when their data has been revealed. This clause was included in the initial draft of the regulation in January 2012, removed following lobbying in particular… Read more…

Disagreements surface over timing of EU Data Protection Regulation

November 1st, 2013

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With the passing of the draft EU Data Protection Regulation (the “Draft”) by the LIBE committee of the EU Parliament on 21 October, the negotiations between EU member states have begun in earnest. The Draft includes a number of controversial changes to the EU data protection framework, including suggestions problematic for the US. Before negotiations over the substantive content even began, the Draft has run into its first roadblock: a disagreement over timing. Initially, when the Draft was approved, there… Read more…

The long roll out begins – Are brand owners prepared?

October 30th, 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 30th, 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…