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Press releases and law firm thought leadership

This page is dedicated to keeping readers informed of the latest news and thought leadership articles from law firms across the globe.

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Controlling abusive behaviour in the roll out of broadband services on Europe’s telecom local loop

Access by electronic communications operators to “local loops” owned and controlled by national incumbents is imperative for the competitive roll out of high-speed broadband services in the Member States. Currently across Europe, many incumbent network operators are modernizing local loop infrastructure to permit and enhance the delivery of high-speed broadband services to Europe’s citizens.

Consultation on registration requirements under the Data Protection Acts

On Friday, 16 January 2004, the Department of Justice launched their consultation on the range of organisations that should be compelled to register with the Data Protection Commissioner under the Data Protection Acts 1988-2003 (the 'DPA'). Their consultation paper was made available on Monday at 5pm.

Data protection update

Case law update
Two recent cases are important from a data-protection perspective:

Durrant v Financial Services Authority, UK Court of Appeal, 8 December 2003
This case involved the request by the claimant from the FSA of certain manual data held by the FSA. The case examined the definitions of 'personal data', 'manual data' and 'relevant filing system' under the UK's Data Protection Act 1998, which are similar to equivalent Irish definitions in the Data Protection Acts 1988-2003. The court held that:

New rules on e-mail marketing and data protection

On 6 November 2003, it became illegal in Ireland to send unsolicited direct-marketing e-mails or SMS messages to individuals without prior consent. Fines of up to ?3,000 will be applicable for every illegal e-mail or SMS message sent.

Technology Transfer Block Exemption

On 3 October 2003, the European Commission published its revised draft of the Technology Transfer Block Exemption (TTBE), which is due to replace the existing rules. The TTBE sets out a 'safe harbour' in relation to certain licence agreements relating principally to patents and know-how.

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