Data protection with mobile apps

As part of a global body, 26 privacy regulators from across the world have surveyed 1,211 mobile apps to investigate the transparency of their privacy practices. Of those, the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (the ICO) was responsible for studying 50 of the top apps released by UK developers. Out of the results, most notable was…

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Music Industry Copyright

On 1 October 2014, the Copyright and Rights in Performances (Personal Copies for Private Use) Regulations 2014 came into force, implementing Article 5(2)(b) of the Copyright Directive (2001/29/EC) to provide, for the first time in UK law, an exception to copyright infringement for the purposes of private copying. This new exception allows individuals in the…

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Image Rights – Rihanna

Rihanna’s image is protected under the ‘umbrella’ of passing off The Court of Appeal dismissed Topshop’s appeal, confirming that its sale of the t-shirt bearing Rihanna’s image amounted to passing off. Topshop started selling a t-shirt in 2012 which had on the front an image of a photograph taken of Rihanna by an independent photographer.…

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Data Protection breach risk

ICO Fines NHS Surrey In July, the Information Commissioner’s Office (the ICO) fined NHS Surrey £200,000 as a result of NHS Surrey providing at least 1,570 computers with hard drives containing personal data to a contractor for erasure/destruction without properly monitoring the contractor.  The contractor was permitted to sell on the computer hardware after having…

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