Over the past few years, there has been a rapid increase in the use of social media tools (such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook) as marketing and media channels for businesses and their staff. This has led to some increased legal risks for businesses.
On 26 November 2012, the Information Commissioner’s Office imposed monetary penalties totalling £440,000 on the owners of Tetrus Telecoms for sending unlawful marketing text messages.
The recent case of Fairstar Heavy Transport NV v Adkins & Another has re-emphasised that information (in this case, the content of emails) is not in itself property. Therefore, if a business does not have information it needs in its possession, it does not have a right to demand copies from a third party by claiming ownership of the information itself.
On 2 November 2012, the High Court ruled that BSkyB’s “NOW TV” internet television service does not infringe Starbucks’ and related parties’ rights in relation to use of the term “NOW”.
OBEP is pleased to announce that it has just taken on a new consultant solicitor - Yeing-Lang Chong.
In the world of data breaches, we frequently see something going wrong when data leaves the safety of an organisation’s office premises. There have been mis-addressed emails sent off into the ether from the comfort of the sender’s desk, envelopes stuffed with the wrong person’s letter, laptops and files taken home and subsequently stolen. These mistakes have resulted in regulatory investigations and monetary penalties of up to £325,000.
On 29 June 2012, the High Court gave its judgment in a case relating to use of the trade mark “now”: Starbucks (UK) Ltd (“Starbucks”) v British Sky Broadcasting Group plc (“BSkyB”).
Yesterday, the Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) published its Annual Report detailing its activities and financial statements for the 12 months to 31 March 2012.
Following publication of the draft Communications Data Bill on 14 June (“14/06/2012 Newsflash: Draft Communications Data Bill published”), I have now had the opportunity to read the draft Bill. This article gives an overview of my first impressions.
A recent judgement of the High Court highlights that website terms may be deemed unenforceable if they fail to form part of a binding contract or are drafted too favourably towards the website provider.
The UK Government today published proposed legislation which would require the retention of certain data by communications service providers, and allow access to such data by appropriate authorities for crime detection and prevention.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) has recently imposed its biggest monetary penalty to date - £325,000 - arising from insufficient data destruction and lack of control over service providers.
Discusses copyright issues where books and films have similar plots or characters.
Olivia of OBEP is interviewed by mobilehelpers2u (www.mobilehelpers2u.com) about her services and values.
Outlines some key legal considerations for software development agreements.
Discussion of the main proposed changes to existing data protection law and potential impacts.
The EU Commission has today published its proposals for a new data protection legislative package to replace the current regime.