Intellectual Property and Information Technology

With new social media platforms and photo sharing apps becoming more and more popular the risk of copyright infringement through the sharing of photography is more present than ever.

The main purpose of social media is that it gives the user the ability to share content instantly, be that through tweets, posting a photo to Instagram or sharing an album of photos on Facebook. In addition to this, many social media platforms give the ability to re-post, save or share other people's content.  When so many options are available, allowing you to share someone's photo at the click of a button, it is easy to forget about the possible legal implications of what you do on social media.

Read more: Sharing photos online – the risks of Copyright Infringement

Author: Michael Bacina

The continued rise of automated legal processes, blockchain technology and smart contracts creates significant risks for lawyers who don’t stay up to date and technologically literate.

Lawyers in practice today live in a world of ongoing disruption. As automation, artificial intelligence and blockchain technology assists in reducing the costs of business transactions and increases the reliability of record keeping, the adoption of smart contracts is an opportunity for lawyers to help their clients improve efficiency and to reduce the scope for disputes, and a challenge for lawyers who do not stay abreast of this area.

Read more: Smart contracts in Australia: just how clever are they?

Contact: Kevin D. Pomfret

The National Governors Association (NGA), recently announced that 38 governors had signed “A Compact to Improve State Cybersecurity.” In announcing the Compact, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, outgoing chair of the NGA, cited its three core principles:

  • Building cybersecurity governance
  • Preparing and defending the state from cybersecurity events
  • Growing the nation’s cybersecurity workforce

The Compact highlights the attention that states are paying to cybersecurity and includes several key recommendations for each of the three principles. As is to be expected, many of these recommendations are primarily governmental in nature. For example, one recommendation is to reclassify state job descriptions for cybersecurity positions to align with private sector practices. Another is to develop a public communications plan for cyber events. 

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In recent years, data protection has become one of the core topics of policy for many jurisdictions. Being one of the forerunners of this trend, the European Commission of the European Union (“EU”) put forward a proposal in 2012 for a comprehensive reform of data protection rules to increase users' control of their data and to cut costs for businesses; also known as the EU Data Protection Reform. By doing so, the European Commission aimed at facilitating the implementation of the Digital Single Market Strategy.

Read more: The EU General Data Protection Regulation and Its Territorial Scope

Last May, 25th 2017, the Spanish Data Protection Agency (AGPD) published a document named “Data Protection: Guide for the citizen” which gathers in a practical way the necessary keys so that the citizens know what rights they have, how to exercise them and to know which duties have to be followed by those who process personal data.

This Document was carried out as a response to the enquiry made by the citizens concerned about the latest changes that imply the New European Regulation of Data Protection.

Read more: Spanish Data Protection Agency Publishes “Data Protection: Guide for the citizen”