Cyber Crime in Transition: Threat impact and investigation strategies

 As 2023 starts to draw to a close, it is an appropriate time to take stock of the Cyber landscape as it is and more specifically, threat actors that have been prevalent over the past year. With lower barriers to entry and an expansive risk environment, the cost of cyber-crime has reached £6.6 billion, surpassing…

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BOOK REVIEW: Vulnerability and Data Protection Law

In the GDPR, the term “vulnerable” appears once. Recital 75 says that the risk to the rights and freedoms of natural persons may result from personal data processing of vulnerable natural persons in particular children, which could lead to physical, material, or non-material damage. What does “vulnerable” mean? Who is a vulnerable natural person, how…

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‘Online Harms’ and Gambling Within the Video Games Industry – What’s in Store for the Future?

Video games may have been a niche hobby many moons ago, but advances in tech and the drive to commercialise entertainment products have launched ‘gaming’ into the mainstream. Total worldwide revenue of the video games industry is expected to be around $580 bn in 2030. Contrast that with the worldwide cinema box-office revenue of just…

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Book Review: Internet Empire – The Hidden Digital War

In Internet Empire, Sean Ennis has fashioned a work that is ‘unabashedly not an academic treatise’ and instead aims to act as a refreshing ‘call to action’. There is not a footnote in sight, but it is evident that this highly engaging account of the meteoric rise of a small subset of digital firms is…

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Exporting Personal Data From China: New Guidance on Standard Contracts

Introduction The Cyberspace Administration of China on 30 May 2023 released the Guidance for the Filing of the Standard Contracts for the Outbound Transfer of Personal information. The Guidance supplements the Measures for Standard Contract forthe Outbound Transfer of Personal information, and sets out the filing process that data controllers (called “personal information processors” under…

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International Data Transfers: An Update

Convention 108+: The Council of Europe Releases Model Contractual Clauses for Global Data Transfers On June 27, 2023, the Council of Europe announced the adoption of its first module of the Model Contractual Clauses for cross-border data transfers based on the Protocol amending the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with Regard to Automatic Processing…

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Claims against IT service providers following a cyber attack

In this article we consider the circumstances in which a company which suffers a cyber attack may seek to recover its losses from an IT services provider, and the factors which the company and its advisors should consider. A typical scenario is where a company outsources the management of its IT systems to a managed…

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