Running a law firm on Linux

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We are now three or so months into the world of running decoded.legal, and doing legal work, exclusively* on Linux1, so I thought I'd write about it. I'm a client. How does this affect me? Probably Read more

decoded.legal and the seven OSI layers for Internet, telecoms, and tech legal advice

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Blake E Reid, an excellent US tech/telecoms law professor, tweeted: This is a good argument for Internet law folks to take telecom law, where the environmental impacts of Internet infrastructure Read more

Give them (GNU GP)'ell: a new approach to claims for non-compliance with Free software licences?

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It's a strange world. I run a law firm which itself runs almost entirely on Free software, yet I don't get to write about Free / open source software as much as I'd like. But, today, I've got a good Read more

Ring doorbells, audio and video monitoring equipment, data protection, and suspiciously long raincoats

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Have you put up, or are thinking of putting up, audio and video recording equipment around and outside your home? Then this post is for you. It's about a decision of the Oxford County Court, for Read more

How to handle data subject access requests under the UK GDPR

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This blog post is a short(ish) guide to the core issues in handling subject access requests under the UK GDPR. If you have received a request and you are not sure where to start, this will help you Read more

Dealing with demands for communications data under the Investigatory Powers Act 2016

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This blog post looks at the obligations imposed on telecommunications operators under the Investigatory Powers Act 2016, to provide communications data in response to a notice from UK public Read more

How the draft Online Safety Bill would affect the development of Free / open source software

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As readers of my personal blog, or people who know me, will probably be aware, I'm a proponent, and user, of Free and open source software. And this got me thinking: how would the draft Online Safety Read more

Personal data breach reporting for service outages (such as when your CDN is down)

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(CDN: content delivery network. Such as Akamai.) Even though it is not obviously within the scope of the definition of "personal data breach", guidance from both the UK's regulator and the European Read more

Online ID / age verification: the death of online search, and non-browser web access?

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Neil note: I've published this with the hope that others familiar with what this could entail will give feedback. As such, what you read now might not be the final version. If I make material Read more

No, the European Commission is not compelling online service providers to monitor communications. Well, not yet.

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I've seen a few comments saying words to the effect of "an amendment to the European directive on ePrivacy will require online service providers to monitor their users' communications". This is Read more