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Data Protection

Data Protection

Top 10 Things You Need To Know About GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will have a significant impact on how businesses and organisations process personal data.

The law comes into force on 25 May 2018, and introduces a series of new rights and obligations which you need to be aware of when collecting and processing personal data – including data relating to your employees, contractors, customers, suppliers and contacts. With increased public and regulatory scrutiny and the level of fines increasing, the consequences of failing to comply may be severe.

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DataFest - Data challenges and opportunities for Fintech

On Tuesday morning we hosted a DataFest fringe event looking at data challenges and opportunities in the Fintech sector.  This is our second year of supporting Data Lab’s DataFest week – which will see several events taking place this week to celebrate Scotland’s data driven innovation and creativity.

With the arrival of Open Banking, the countdown to GDPR coming into effect and the shift towards the cloud, data is very much on the agenda for Fintech and financial services organisations.  One of the key challenges for the Fintech industry, and with all data driven innovati

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Learning From Our Mistakes

“Insanity is repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results”.

There is no disputing the wisdom inherent in the quote often attributed to Einstein, even if there has been some lively academic debate as to whether or not this was his own work.  Did even Einstein infringe copyright?  In my 20 years of practice in intellectual property law, I have seen many of the same mistakes repeated over and again – fortunately not always by the same person!

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Has Global Cyber Awareness Month put the Spotlight on the NIS Directive?

Callum Sinclair

As we come to the end of Global Cyber Awareness Month, and notwithstanding recent high profile cyber attacks, the spotlight still seems firmly fixed on the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the UK Data Protection Bill, and the significant impact they will have on data protection law.  Taking nothing away from the importance of GDPR, it is perhaps surprising that there has not been more discussion about the Directive on Security of Network and Information Systems (the NIS Directive).  However, depending on your business, it could be just as important. 

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Is it Time for a New Approach to IP Enforcement in Scotland?

Is the landscape of IP enforcement in Scotland changing?   It’s a question which, at first glance, might seem curious.  There have been no seismic changes to the legislation that governs the enforcement of IP rights and no landmark cases in the Scottish courts which might justify that question being asked.

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IT Security - a Health and Safety Issue

The global malware attack which petrified the NHS has thrown into sharp relief that IT security is a health and safety issue.

Ransomware such as that used in the attack on the NHS and others works by blocking access to data until or unless a ransom in paid. And as we have seen, even if paid there can be no guarantee that access will be restored.

It can easily be imagined that if an organisation has no access to vital health and safety documentation such as risk assessments, lone worker systems and the like, that can only heighten operational health and safety risk.

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GDPR And The Pensions Industry: Your First Steps

Sarah Phillips

The new General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) will replace existing European data protection law from 25 May 2018. The changes being introduced are significant and there is a lot to do to get ready.  

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Kodi No’ Dae That

The passing of the Digital Economy Act earlier this month means, suppliers and users of illegal streams offered through such services as Kodi add ons, could be sentenced to a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment, if convicted of illegally streaming content protected by copyright.
 
This significant change in the law has been introduced as a result of the exponential increase in the use of set top boxes to stream copyright protected material into  homes and  business premises (often licenced premises), thus avoiding payment for legitimate satellite or cable services

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Scotland By Design

In both developed and developing economies, there is now a “mobile first” – and in some cases “mobile only” – trend.  We increasingly live in a world with indigenous digital natives, many of whom do not interact with the web in any other way than mobile.  This is driving profound changes in approach from all parts of the eco-system from content providers, infrastructure providers, handset manufacturers and everyone in between.  Indeed, the lines are increasingly blurred between these players – every single infrastructure provider I saw present at the Mobile World Congress in

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Nuart Aberdeen - My Art or Your Art?

Nuart Aberdeen

Aberdeen is proud and excited to welcome the Nuart festival for the first time – and at Burness Paull we are delighted to support it.  Nuart is an international street art festival which sees acclaimed artists use buildings and walls as their canvas to create art works.  The original Nuart Festival has been held annually in Stavanger Norway since 2001.

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