Crossfire

Matheson’s technology and IP law blog

SCL Event Report: Irish Group Data Protection May Seminar

May 26th, 2015

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On 7 May 2015, Matheson hosted and sponsored the SCL Irish Group’s breakfast seminar on data security and cyber insurance, which drew an audience of over 100 professionals working in the area of data protection in Ireland and the UK. John O’Connor, Chair of the SCL Irish Group and head of Matheson’s Technology and Commercial Contracts group, commenced the morning by setting out the data security requirements placed on data controllers and processors by legislation. They must maintain “appropriate” security… Read more…

Plans for US federal privacy laws announced

January 28th, 2015

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Speaking at the US Federal Trade Commission, as a precursor to his recent state of the union address, US President Barack Obama announced plans for the introduction of a suite of legislative changes to deal with cyber threats while safeguarding privacy and civil liberties. The primary proposals, which are summarised briefly below, flow from a number of recent work streams including the blueprint for consumer privacy launched in 2012, the BuySecure initiative launched last year and the findings of a… Read more…

The Law Reform Commission commences Public Consultation on Cyber Crime

November 21st, 2014

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The Law Reform Commission has commenced a public consultation on an Issues Paper regarding Cyber Crime Affecting Personal Safety, Privacy and Reputation including Cyber Bullying. The Paper examines both the criminal law and civil remedies including “take-down” orders. The Paper asks for views on 5 main proposals: Whether the harassment offence in section 10 of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act 1997 should be amended to incorporate a specific reference to cyber-harassment, including indirect cyber-harassment ; Whether there should… 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…