The Limitation (Childhood Abuse) (Scotland) Act 2017 came in to force on 4 October 2017 and inserted a provision in to the Prescription and Limitation (Scotland) Act 1973 which removes the three year time bar period in actions where a person seeks damages for abuse suffered as a child.
The requirement to notify is gone, but you still need to pay fees to the ICO.
What does notification mean?
Under the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), personal data must not be processed unless the data controller has registered with the ICO – this is of course subject to a few exemptions.
Today (10 October) is World Mental Health Day. To quote the CIPD: “Mental health issues have a significant impact on employee wellbeing and are a major cause of long-term absence from work. Employers are encouraged to promote good mental health and provide support for those employees who are experiencing mental ill health such as anxiety or depression.”
Picture the scenario; you own land (in particular, a field) next to a motorway (in particular, uphill from that motorway). For years water from your field has drained, perfectly naturally and without issue, over the land on which the motorway runs. All of a sudden, however, the natural drainage is stopped and you have a significant flooding issue.
What do you do? It’s seemingly a disaster- particularly as you have no drainage rights in your titles. Is that the end of the issue?
In short- no.
Earlier this year, the EU Commission announced that it was placing a renewed focus on stamping out cartel behaviour in EU markets. Since then, the EU has introduced many measures and policies aimed at uncovering and punishing cartel behaviour. The EU had previously issued its biggest cartel fine to date totalling €2.9 billion against five truck manufacturers involved in a price-fixing cartel – MAN, Daimler, Volvo, Iveco and DAF; with Scania the only company not to agree a settlement, leading to their being hit now with a fine of €880 million after a five year investigation.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published draft GDPR guidance on contracts and liabilities between controllers and processors. The paper, which is currently open for consultation until 10 October, aims to provide practical guidance and explain the fundamental requirements that all contracts between controllers and processors must meet by 25 May 2018 in order to be GDPR compliant. The guidance also seeks to help organisations understand the new responsibilities and liabilities of processors.
On 22 June 2017, a new suite of NEC contracts – known as NEC4 – were made available. NEC3 is widely used in the construction industry, especially by UK public sector bodies, and NEC4 is likely to become similarly popular.
The General Data Protection Regulation will come into force throughout the EU, including the UK (despite Brexit) on 25th May 2018. The UK Government is busily preparing for its implementation. GDPR will bring about the greatest change to data protection law in thirty years. Below we have highlighted some of the main considerations for energy and natural resource companies and provided some guidance to aid GDPR compliance. There are only eight months until the GDPR takes effect and organisations should be acting now!
Care is always needed when making allegations of IP infringement in the UK. This is because unjustified threats may be actionable. The current law has been criticised for being overly complex and long standing reforms are about to take effect. The key provisions of the Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Act 2017 come into force on 1 October 2017. The Act introduces much needed consistency into UK law by aligning the rules for patents, design rights and trade marks on the making of unjustified threats. It also introduces greater certainty for those alleging IP infringement.