NSA, GCHQ and even Donald Trump are all after your data

As production and usage of data keeps growing globally, it’s worth remembering that the US government wants access to your information and will use warrants, decryption or hacking to get to it. That’s not news and the US government has many tools in its box. Many had already heard of the Uniting and Strengthening America … Continue reading NSA, GCHQ and even Donald Trump are all after your data

You’ve been hacked. What are you liable for?

'It won't happen to me...' but best be prepared Hacking is big news and we’re all susceptible. In the UK, hackers could face jail time under the Computer Misuse Act, but the question on many businesses’ minds will be where the liability lies if they are hacked. The list of successful mega breaches continues to … Continue reading You’ve been hacked. What are you liable for?

How Brexit affects your trading relationships

The people have voted by a slim margin to leave the EU. The leaving process is likely to take at least two years before Brexit is finalised. Even if there is a second referendum that halts the exit process, there will be short term uncertainty with fluctuating exchange rates and stock market swings. How should you … Continue reading How Brexit affects your trading relationships

Privacy Shield not ready yet

Two working parties, ministers galore... but data transfer law remains in limbo The revelations by rogue NSA sysadmin Edward Snowden in 2013 caused indignant EU politicians to open a dialogue with the US government to update the data transfer regime to safeguard personal data. The Privacy Shield is the culmination of those discussions. The US's hands-off approach … Continue reading Privacy Shield not ready yet

Brexit = Legal Armageddon?

The Brexit debate continues and, with the Leave and Remain camps neck and neck, it looks likely that the undecided few will carry the result. It seems that we can expect more headline-grabbing soundbites until the vote on June 23. The polarised nature of this debate is throwing up some interesting oddities, so you might … Continue reading Brexit = Legal Armageddon?

US & Microsoft return to court over access to Dublin data

Finally, after going quiet for several months, the US Gov & Microsoft is set to return to court. The US government had obtained a court ruling under the US Stored Communications Act to allow it to gain access to data held in Microsoft's Dublin datacentre. Microsoft had resisted on the basis that Irish law should … Continue reading US & Microsoft return to court over access to Dublin data

Carphone Warehouse data hack

The hack of 2.4m Carphone Warehouse customer records (including 90,000 credit card details) has received much coverage in the press. The Information Commissioner's Office, the body that regulates compliance with the UK Data Protection Act, has said that is "making enquiries". It would be inappropriate for me to comment on whether Carphone Warehouse could have been … Continue reading Carphone Warehouse data hack