Editorial

SCL Award Presentation

Richard Harrison of Laytons, one of this year’s judges, reviews the event.

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Computer Forensics - a Policy Decision

Computer forensics is a discipline that is increasingly called upon to resolve a whole range of legal issues both within the workplace and outside of it. But, for most employers, their chances of carrying out a successful forensic investigation are being severely hampered by a failure to recognise the importance of defining and implementing the right kind of policy. In this article, Clifford May, principal consultant at security specialist Integralis, examines how appropriate policies can be designed and provides practical advice on the methodology of forensic investigation.

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“An indigestible dish”?

In Intel Corporation v VIA Technologies (20 December 2002) [2002] EWCA Civ 1905, the Court of Appeal handed down a decision dealing substantively with the tension between intellectual property rights and competition law. The case considers the inherent rights of a patent holder, and in what circumstances those rights may be qualified or fettered by competition law. Pat Treacy of Bristows reflects on the judgment.

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Predictions for 2003

We asked a number of legal IT experts to offer their predictions for 2003.

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m-commerce: payments and security

The expected explosion in e-commerce requires a solution to the problems that arise with payments, and the ever-present security threat. Christopher Scroggs and Rebecca Nugent of Laytons examine the issues.

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Data Protection – Review and Round-up

The data protection year has been as busy as ever. In this swift round-up, Rosemary Jay of Masons describes the principal developments.

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Dinner in Honour of Alan Brakefield

After 29 years as Treasurer of the Society for Computers & Law, Alan Brakefield is retiring from that post. A dinner was held in his honour at the House of Lords on Tuesday 17 December.

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