Crossfire

Matheson’s technology and IP law blog

Welcome to Crossfire

This blog is dedicated to technology and IP law. As on-line commerce and activity comes to dominate our daily lives, the conflict between new technologies and the law, national law and the global internet and privacy and the public domain become more and more acute. Whilst the technology is fast moving, the law struggles to keep up and courts end up trying to fit square pegs into round holes in an attempt to fill in the gaps. This blog is our attempt to help to keep you aware of the many new developments in this area as they arise and to encourage a two way dialogue.  We value your comments and interaction and look forward to an insightful and lively debate.

Matheson’s primary focus is on serving the Irish legal needs of international companies and financial institutions doing business in and through Ireland. Our clients include over half of the Fortune 100 companies. We also advise 7 of the top 10 global technology brands and over half of the world’s 50 largest banks.  We are headquartered in Dublin and also have offices in London, New York and Palo Alto.  More than 600 people work across our four offices, including 75 partners and tax principals and over 350 legal and tax professionals.

Busted! European Commission Tackles ‘Right to be Forgotten’ Myths

September, 2014

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The European Commission has published a ‘myth-busting’ factsheet to ensure that the public debate surrounding the “right to be forgotten” is based on the facts. The “right to be forgotten” has generated much debate on the accessibility of personal information legally available online. Neither the “right to be forgotten” nor “the right to information” are actually a legal right, thereby complicating the debate before it can begin. The right stems from the decision of the Court of Justice of the… Read more…

Public consultation on Consumer Rights Bill commences

September, 2014

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At the time of initiation of what is now the Competition and Consumer Protection Act 2014, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation indicated that a Consumer Rights Bill (the “Bill”) would be brought forward in 2015 to incorporate the European Union (Consumer Information, Cancellation and Other Rights) Regulations 2013. The proposed legislation will be the most important reform in this area of consumer law in recent decades. The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (the “Department”) has now commenced… Read more…

German Court Ruling on Facebook’s Personal Data Gives Legal Certainty to Irish Data Controllers

September, 2014

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An order issued by the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner for the German state of Schleswig-Holstein (“ULD”), against the administrator of a Facebook Page, has been overruled by a German appeals court. The court has ruled that Facebook, as data controllers, are legally responsible for the personal data of visitors to a Facebook Page. The Higher Administrative Court of Schleswig-Holstein ruled yesterday that businesses who create and administer Facebook Pages, to connect with clients, customers and potential customers, have… Read more…

Google’s “Right to be Forgotten” European Tour

September, 2014

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Google is embarking on a seven meeting European tour, which began on Tuesday in Madrid, to discuss the future of Internet privacy. Google is debating the balance between privacy and the free flow of information on the internet in light of the application of the “right to be forgotten”. In a previous blog, we have discussed the opinion of Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union on the “right to be forgotten”, in Google Spain v… Read more…

New Irish Data Protection Commissioner

September, 2014

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The Irish Government has announced the appointment of Helen Dixon as the new Irish Data Protection Commissioner. Ms Dixon, was appointed Registrar of Companies in December 2009 having previously held senior management positions in the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, succeeds Billy Hawkes. To coincide with Data Protection Day 2014, Matheson hosted a breakfast seminar in January on the latest developments in data protection law. The former Irish Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes spoke at the gathering of Ireland’s… Read more…