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.

Companies Run Hadoop Data Via the Cloud

August, 2014

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Apache Hadoop is an open-source software framework for storage and large-scale processing of business data. The software breaks data into a workable size that programmers can then structure, organise, study or visualize. Prominent users of Hadoop software include Google, Facebook and Yahoo!. Research undertaken by Allied Market Research suggests that the market for using Hadoop in the cloud (“Hadoop as a Service”) is projected to grow to $16.1 billion by 2020. Allied Market Research’s report defines Hadoop as a Service… Read more…

1% of Cloud Providers meet latest EU Data Protection Requirements

August, 2014

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A survey undertaken by security provider Skyhigh Networks, a Cupertino, California based company, on the 7,000 cloud companies in its network, has revealed that only 1% of cloud providers would comply with all aspects of the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). “It’s staggering how few cloud providers are prepared for the new EU regulations,” EMEA director at Skyhigh Networks Charlie Howe said in a statement. “Fortunately, there’s still time for providers to get into shape. This means addressing… Read more…

Google favour HTTPS Encrypted Websites in Web Search Rankings

August, 2014

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Google has begun favouring HTTPS encrypted websites over the past few months by increasing the ranking algorithm to web pages that are encrypted with the technology. Google believes the move will encourage website owners and developers to adopt HTTPS in order to increase the layers of protection on their websites. “We hope to see more websites using HTTPS in the future,” Google said in a blog post, referring to the protocol for securing communications over digital networks. The use of… Read more…

PRISM/Facebook: High Court refers to ECJ on Safe Harbour

June, 2014

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On 18 June 2014, Mr Justice Hogan delivered his judgment to the High Court to refer the judicial review case of Schrems v. the Data Protection Commissioner (the “DPC”) to the ECJ. This case was brought before the High Court by Maximillian Schrems, an Austrian student. Schrems alleged that the DPC had erred in law in his decision not to investigate that data processed by Facebook (and subsequently transferred to the USA) is not given adequate data protection, despite the… Read more…

The Society for Computers and Law Irish Group launches at Matheson’s Dublin office.

May, 2014

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Pictured at the launch of The Society for Computers and Law (SCL) Irish group at Matheson’s offices in Dublin’s docklands are John O’Connor; Denise Farnsworth, Microsoft and Nick Haworth, AIB plc.   The SCL has a global membership of legal professionals working on areas including technology, outsourcing and cloud contracts, data protection and e-commerce. Its mission is to maintain and expand a community of IT lawyers to provide thought leadership, best practice, education and standards in these areas.   The… Read more…