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How To Be Patient Centric In The Age Of GDPR

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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018. It’s imperative that anyone working with or for patients, particularly in digital healthcare, understands what it means to them and their products and services.  The current focus of many GDPR-readiness seminars and guidelines is largely on the internal – for example, scoping the role of the Data Protection Officer; defining data controllers versus data processors, and unpicking the various justifications for legal processing of data. All crucial stuff, of course. But through focussing on these internal aspects of implementing GDPR, there’s a danger of missing something crucial….

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GDPR And The Implications Of Biometric Data

By | Insights, Intellectual Property

Our associate, Ashley Williams worked with our client Aimbrain to co-author a whitepaper, GDPR & Beyond: Collaboration, Consent, Capture and Care in the World of Biometric Data. Aimbrain has a multi-module biometrics platform that allows institutions to authenticate their customer’s identity on any device across any channel. The whitepaper looks at the first corporate use cases in the 1960s and notes that biometrics have become commonplace across banking, government, enterprise applications, physical access and more. Today, using fingerprint and facial scans to unlock devices has put biometrics in the mainstream, and the industry is worth an estimated value of $25.3 billion by…

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Five Tips To Prepare Your Life Sciences Organisation For The GDPR

By | Insights, Intellectual Property

A recent survey from Clearswift asked companies if they felt they had all the necessary processes in place to be compliant for the pending General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The top five sectors from that survey that indicated they were ready included technology and telecommunications (32%), education (31%), IT (29%), business services (29%) and finance (29%). But the survey also revealed that healthcare was the least likely to be ready for GDPR and have the processes in place to comply with the legislation. GDPR takes effect on 25 May 2018 and introduces substantial changes to the EU data protection regime. The GDPR…

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Fake News And Its Impact On Tech Companies

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Recently, there have been rising concerns that the public is being deceived by the unprecedented dissemination of fake news on the internet and on social media, in particular. The term fake news is a fluid concept but is generally understood to refer to fictitious reports designed to deliberately deceive readers in order to maximise internet traffic and profit. The term gained particular traction during the 2016 US presidential election following claims of harm to democratic process. Some people are taking the fight against fake news on themselves. The Fake News Challenge is a global grassroots effort of more than 100…

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Domain Names And Protecting Your Brand Online – Part 2

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In the last blog post on Domain Names And Protecting Your Brand Online, we looked at the importance of brand protection online. This post focuses on what a company can do to protect its brand against infringers and cybersquatters. Domain name infringement has strong ties with trade mark infringement. But the beauty of domain name disputes is that they don’t have to be dealt with in court. For example, disputes relating to infringing .uk domain names are submitted to Nominet. The costs are low in comparison with other legal disputes and can be as little as £200. And, disputes relating…

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Domain Names And Protecting Your Brand Online

By | Insights, Intellectual Property

As a company grows and becomes more well-known, its reputation becomes more valuable. Filing trade marks to protect brand names and logos is now common place, but companies need to look at different ways of protecting its brand simply beyond having a robust trade mark portfolio. One way is to monitor how the brand is used online. It goes without saying that a company wouldn’t want another business using its brand name or logo in connection with its goods or services without authorisation. Companies are becoming more aware they need to take action where intellectual property (IP) rights are infringed. This includes stopping the infringement…

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What You Need To Know About The New EPrivacy Laws

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  The European Commission has released a new set of proposals to replace the ePrivacy Directive (Directive 2002/58/EC). The proposals seek to update the directive which deals with privacy protection and users of electronic communication services. The proposals are aimed at increasing trust in the digital single market and aligning ePrivacy laws with the more stringent rules under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) going into effect May 2018.   The Directive is designed to harmonise the privacy regime so all individuals and businesses in the EU are subject to a unanimous high level of protection. What to expect  There are…

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How To Prepare For Data Compliance In 12 Easy Steps

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In May 2018, the UK will implement the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which was created to strengthen and unify data protection for individuals in the European Union. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is responsible for the Data Protection Act 1998 and Freedom of Information in the UK. The ICO recommends 12 steps businesses should take before May 2018 in order to help businesses prepare for compliance with the GDPR in 2018. Awareness: Inform all decision makers in your organisation that the law is changing and the GDPR will be effective in May 2018. Information audit: Document where all personal data is derived…

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The Privacy Shield Has Arrived

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It’s finally here! The EU – U.S. Privacy Shield (aka Safe Harbour 2.0) has been approved by the European Commission which means businesses in the EU will be able to transfer personal data to U.S. self-certified companies without the need for any further safeguards. There’s been an air of uncertainty around personal data transfers between the EU and the U.S. since the European Court of Justice (ECJ) invalidated the Safe Harbour scheme in October 2015; so this is great news for businesses in the EU which use service providers based in the U.S. Rather than discussing the background of the…

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