As the 2012 Olympic Games approach, many UK companies may be thinking about the leverage to be gained from the surrounding publicity and excitement. However, the Olympics, Paralympics and London Olympics Association Rights (Infringement Proceedings) Regulations 2010 are in force and the organising committee is already policing infringements of the 2012 brands.
Under the Digital Economy Act 2010, copyright owners can identify and report internet protocol addresses through which they believe their copyright has been infringed to the relevant internet service provider, which must then fulfil two initial obligations. The cost involved in complying with these obligations will be considerable – and who will bear the brunt of these costs is a highly contentious issue.
The Consumer Rights Act 2015 comes into force on October 1 2015. It will reform consumer law in the United Kingdom by establishing new consumer rights and remedies in respect of digital content. Traders will need to ensure that their terms of sale comply with the new regime; in particular, the remedies introduced by the act will require careful consideration.
The Article 29 Working Party has launched binding corporate rules for data processors, which were previously available only to data controllers. Processors can use such rules to ensure that personal data transfers outside the European Economic Area comply with EU data protection rules. With the recent rise in successful UK controller binding corporate rules, the uptake of processor applications is likely to follow suit.
Until last year there had been little guidance at UK or EU level on data protection principles for cloud computing contracts. However, both the Information Commissioner's Office and the Article 29 Working Party have now published guidance documents on the matter, highlighting the potential issues and providing practical tips for the processing of personal data by suppliers in the European Economic Area.
With Christmas just around the corner, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has been scrutinising online retailers' websites and recently placed 62 top online retailers on its 'naughty list' for failing to comply with consumer protection laws. In order to stay on the OFT 'good list', online retailers should continue to review their websites and standard terms to ensure that they remain in compliance with the law.
Citigroup Inc has become the latest of 15 international companies to obtain approval of its binding corporate rules from the Information Commissioner's Office. Approval of its binding corporate rules will give Citigroup a new and flexible way to ensure that any transfers of personal data between its global operations meet the strict EU rules on international data transfers.