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Data Protection

Data Protection

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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Scotland Well Placed for 5G Revolution

Callum Sinclair

Fresh from the much talked about Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, I’m struck by the sheer scale of this incredible tech conference, matched only by the breath-taking speed at which our digital world is changing. In this series of blogs, I’ll cover off some of the main topics and observations from the conference. I’ll also look at where Scotland is keeping up, leading, or falling behind in terms of tech.

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Are You Part of the Fantech Frenzy?

Did you attend the rugby, football or any sporting event this weekend? And when you were there, how much time did you spend on your phone? After attending a Celtic football match, my brother was frustrated about the number of fans spending more time glued to their smart phones instead of actually watching the match.


The reality is that technology continues to disrupt our world and the sports sector is no exception. Digital advances mean that technology is transforming the fan experience like never before. Today, it is not just about watching a game.

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Think Before You Wi-Fi

I am sure that at some point we have all benefited from free public Wi-Fi. It is often of great importance when abroad or somewhere where 4G is not up to the task.

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