Friday, 9 August 2013

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This week's highlights from Out-Law News

TMT & Sourcing and Intellectual Property

US cloud providers set to lose billions following Prism revelations, says think tank
US cloud computing providers could lose between $21.5 billion and $35bn over the next three years as customers move to non-US cloud providers in the wake of revelations about a US intelligence gathering programme, a think tank has said.

IT outsourcing by UK companies expected to grow
Most UK businesses involved in outsourcing IT are planning to either increase or maintain the current levels to which they outsource, according to a new survey.

New code of practice on conducting privacy impact assessments outlined
Organisations that conduct privacy impact assessments (PIAs) when undertaking new projects should ensure that they can amend their plans for those projects to account for privacy concerns, the UK's data protection watchdog has said.

Data security contract terms may not on their own be sufficient to ensure businesses' compliance in the cloud, says expert
UK businesses seeking to outsource IT functionality to cloud computing providers should consider whether contractual provisions agreed to by those providers are sufficient for them to say they are compliant with data protection rules, an expert has said.

Apple devices sales ban order overturned by US President
A ruling by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) to ban the sale of certain smartphones and tablet computer devices made by Apple in the US has been overturned by the US President's administration.
06/08/ 2013

Insurers developing data sharing protocols after industry body raises data protection concerns
New protocols for sharing insurance policy holders' personal information with rival companies are being developed by an insurance industry body.
07/08/ 2013

Education Funding Agency seeking 'aggregator' to lead on funding for school building projects
The Education Funding Agency (EFA) has launched a tendering process to find a company to leverage funding to attract investment in a school building programme run by the Government.
08/08/ 2013

New guidance shows 'tangled web' of approvals needed for fracking projects, says expert
Energy companies will need to negotiate a "tangled web" of regulatory approvals just to carry out exploratory 'fracking', an expert has said.

HMRC to go ahead with 'nudge' letters for non-dom remittance basis users
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is to send letters to remittance basis users giving examples of when remittances may occur, but will now copy in tax agents, it told professional bodies last week.

Zero hours contracts provide flexibility for employees as well businesses but safeguards needed to prevent abuse, says expert
It would be wrong for businesses to be barred from contracting with workers on 'zero hours' terms, an employment law expert has said.

NHS procurement strategy promotes greater transparency on hospitals' supplier expenditure
Hospitals in England will be forced to disclose details of what they pay for goods and services in an attempt to make procurement in the NHS more efficient.

Life Sciences
New clinical trial data sharing principles agreed
Two pharmaceutical industry bodies in Europe and the US have agreed on new principles for sharing clinical trial data.


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