Friday, 16 August 2013

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This week's highlights from Out-Law News

TMT & Sourcing and Intellectual Property

Improving business intelligence and analytics the top tech priority, say Government CIOs
Improving the way Governments handle and make use of data is more of a priority for Government chief information officers (CIOs) than upgrading old IT systems, according to a new survey.

Competition to offer privacy protections could help deflect regulatory action to other markets, says ICO
Companies operating in markets in which businesses can gain a competitive advantage from offering enhanced privacy protections to customers are less likely to be the subject of enforcement action over breaches of data protection laws, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has said.

EU Commission department would like to see single regulator of EU telecoms market
The EU's competition law regulator wants one single body to be responsible for regulating the entire EU telecoms market, according to a newspaper report.

Cyber attack response schemes launched by GCHQ
Suppliers of cyber incident response and clean up services will have to meet a range of standards if they wish to be endorsed under two new accreditation schemes on cyber security launched by the UK's lead intelligence agency.

Ofcom identifies difficulties in finding spectrum to meet wireless data demands
Ofcom has asked the UK's telecoms industry to help it identify existing frequency bands within which tests on spectrum sharing could be conducted after admitting to having concerns about whether the amount of available spectrum can meet consumer demand.

Ruling shows that deleting personal data can remove burdens brought by data subject access requests, says expert
A ruling by the High Court on the issue of dealing with data subject access requests highlights the positives that can be derived by businesses that decide to dispose of personal data records they no longer need, an expert has said.

First automatic enrolment non-compliance notice issued by Pensions Regulator
The Pensions Regulator has issued its first compliance notice to an employer which has failed to meet its duties under the automatic enrolment regime, it has confirmed.

Turkey "planning major infrastructure developments" in military security zones, according to reports
The Turkish Government is pressing ahead with plans for new infrastructure on undeveloped land, including areas currently designated as military security zones, according to press reports.

New directors' remuneration reporting regime will come into force from October
Companies should prepare now for the introduction of new rules governing the information that they must include in their directors' remuneration reports, an expert has said.

Solvency II "one of the biggest threats to UK jobs and growth", says Prudential head
Proposed European insurance regulatory reforms present "one of the biggest threats to UK jobs and growth", the head of a major London-based insurer has said.

Litigation and International Arbitration
Parties to litigation must be aware of courts' "strict and robust approach" to new costs rules, says expert
Parties to civil court litigation must ensure that they file and exchange costs budgets no later than seven days before the first case management conference or risk strict penalties under the new costs management regime, an expert has said.

UK "cannot afford to miss out" on shale gas potential, says Prime Minister
The Prime Minister has publicly expressed his support for fracking, and has warned that the UK "could lose ground in the global race" to exploit "unconventional" energy sources such as shale gas.

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