Editorial

The National Land Information Service

Searchflow won the SCL Award 2002. Here Mark Riddick, Chief Executive Officer of Searchflow, explains what the NLIS system offers and uses the licence traditionally granted to Award winners to outline the benefits of his particular channel.

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To Disclose or Not to Disclose A Follow-up

In the August/September edition of Computers & Law, Amanda Kearsley and Nick Rudgard explored the difficulties of reconciling the principles of disclosure under the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) and the disclosure of personal data under the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) arising from the case of Totalise plc v The Motley Fool Limited and Interactive Investor Limited (2001) P&T 764. In December 2001, the Court of Appeal overturned the costs order made at the original hearing and set out the principles for the future. The new approach will have a significant impact on the position of organisations, such as Web site operators, from whom disclosures of information may be sought. This article reviews that approach.

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Meeting the Cybercrime Challenge

This is an extract from the speech of Lord Goldsmith QC, the Attorney-General, at the SCL Award ceremony on 21 January.

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Letter to the Editor

Bernard Gore seeks a realistic assessment of the danger posed by the 'cookie ban'.

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Strategies to Manage Legal Risks & Designing an Effective Risk Management Framework

If there is one constant that all businesses face throughout their life cycle, it would be managing legal risk exposures. Given the unique nature of information technology (IT) businesses, legal risk exposures can be particularly accentuated. The need to evolve a sound and proactive legal risk management framework as part of the enterprise’s legal strategy is becoming an imperative. A sound legal risk management framework should provide a seamless integration of legal contents or guidance with an IT-driven workflow process. Here expert systems can play an important role in the design of such legal risk management systems. Zaid Hamzah, CEO, Lexfutura (Global) and Managing Director, I-Knowledge Technologies, Singapore, provides a road map.

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The E-mail of the Species

Richard Harrison looks at the advance of e-mail and the problems it presents for dispute resolution procedures. He explains the need to be alert to prevent apparently comprehensive disclosure, in lists produced with the aid of technology, from pulling “the wool over the eyes of understanding”.

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ISPs on Red Alert following Sweeping New Anti-terrorism Laws

The implications of the Government's sweeping new laws to beef-up the fight against terrorism following September 11's terror attacks on New York and Washington are likely to have far-reaching implications for all sectors of the economy. With limited debate taking place before the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 became law, many businesses seem ignorant of their wider responsibilities under the new legislation. Fiona Ghosh, a barrister specialising in data protection and IT at national law firm Addleshaw Booth & Co, looks at the new law and its impact on ISPs.

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Domain Name Registration Strategy

To register or not to register? That is the question tormenting many a soliliquising cyberDane, and many IP brand owners too. Dawn Osborne and Steve Palmer of Willoughby & Partners offer some criteria for decision and point to a useful strategy.

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