Privacy Protection: Discussion Document on the Business Case

Watson Hall Ltd and John Leach Information Security Ltd, working on a project for the ICO, have published a discussion document which is intended to help them create the business case for privacy by design. They seek input on that document.

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New Proposals on Illegal File-sharing Published

New proposals ‘to allow for swifter and more flexible measures to tackle unlawful peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing’ were published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on 25 August.

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OFT Consultation: Internet and Consumers

The OFT is consulting on the scope of a projected market study that it proposes should include a particular focus on pricing and advertising practices on the Internet. A look at the detail shows that it may have a massive importance for e-commerce.

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Microsoft and I4i

An injunction has been granted by a Texas court against Microsoft. The permanent injunction prohibits Microsoft from selling or importing to the United States any Microsoft Word products that have the capability of opening .XML, .DOCX or DOCM files (XML files) containing custom XML.

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Web Site Representations and a Duty of Care

The Court of Appeal has given judgment in a case alleging that a trade association owed a duty of care to a user of its Web site who relied on the representations there. The case may require a careful reconsideration of disclaimers on any Web site seen to be giving advice and should spark debate on the reliance that can be placed on information on Web sites.

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Defamation and Search Engine Liability

Laurence Eastham briefly reports a case where Google has defeated an attempt to land it with liability for allegedly defamatory content appearing in the snippets that come with its search results.

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