The ICO and breach reporting under Reg 5A PECR: take two

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A couple of weeks ago, the ICO published a statement saying that it had "decided to stop enforcing personal data breach reports made under Regulation 5A." Even if the intent behind it was meant well, Read more

The ICO, breach reporting under Reg 5A PECR, and muddy (muddier?) waters

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Update: the ICO has simplified its statement (full text of which is at the end of this post), which now reads "The page you requested was removed.". The ICO has announced a "change to regulation Read more

Can ISPs, telcos, and tech companies "lobby"?

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This is a slightly unusual one for a blog on which I normally cover solely Internet, tech, and telecoms issues. But there is a link! A friend asked me a while back whether, if they emailed their MP Read more

Want a Christmas card?

- Posted in law firm by
Each year, we produce a geeky joke-y tech-y/legal-y Christmas card. If you'd like me to post you a card, just fill in this form with your details. We are in the UK, and happy to post internationally. Read more

Notes on operating fediverse services (Mastodon, Pleroma etc) from an English law point of view

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In this monologue post, I set out an introductory analysis / overview of the English laws which are likely to apply to people in England who operate decentralised fediverse services which implement Read more

Running a law firm on Linux - a year or so in

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About a year ago, I wrote about my experience of running a law firm on Linux, three months in. It was, to be sure, early days. Now I've had the chance to get used to it a bit more, here are some Read more

Proposed new law to ban (some?) computer code in UK company names

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A new bill, the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill, proposes to prohibit the inclusion of "computer code" in UK company names. It's only a bill - it is not yet law - but it amused me, so Read more

Jury service (19 - 30 September) and what to expect while I'm away

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This is a post to explain how I will try to help you during my impending two weeks of jury service. Updates 23rd September: I am not needed, so I am free all day for calls/meetings 21st September: Read more

Law and "the metaverse": new(ish) tech, existing principles?

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A friend asked me, a while back, if I would write a few thoughts about law and "the metaverse". Honestly, I've been a bit hesitant about this. I'm not convinced that there's anything particularly Read more

What UK telecoms operators need to know about the UK/USA Data Access Agreement and the US CLOUD Act

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The Home Office announced on 21 July 2022. that UK/USA Data Access Agreement, which sits under the USA's CLOUD Act, will come into force on October 3rd 2022. A draft of the agreement has been Read more