The 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, January 6-9, Las Vegas, is yet again showing us the future of technology. 2014’s gadgets move over, there is flashier tech in town. This year, apparently, if you are not wearing whatever technology you own it is officially obsolete.
For the most part, it will be form and functionality that are foremost in the mind of most website operators because, in this day and age, website users are discerning and keeping their attention is key. However, a preoccupation with keeping a visitor on a website by virtue of a dynamic ‘look and feel’ must be tempered with a degree of legal substance.
Stricter limitations on the use of domestic CCTV systems that capture any part of a public space have been imposed by the EU this month, with wider effects likely to be felt across a range of technology and social media platforms.
The Government announced yesterday that changes will be made to the regulations made under the Employment Rights Act 1996. These amendments will limit claims for back payment of holiday pay to two years. Employees will still need to show a series of deductions or underpayments during that period, and any break in the series of three months or more will break the series of deductions.
The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has achieved its first successful convictions under the Bribery Act. This long awaited success came after an investigation into the activities of Sustainable Growth Group (‘SGG’), including subsidiary companies Sustainable AgroEnergy plc (‘SAE’) and Sustainable Wealth Investments Ltd (‘SW’) that uncovered fraud to the tune of £23m in conjunction with a biofuel investment scam.
International Tubular Services (ITS), an Aberdeen-based engineering firm specialising in providing equipment to the North Sea oil sector, is the second company in Scotland that has avoided a corporate criminal prosecution under the Bribery Act 2010. ITS admitted to corrupt payments pursuant to the anti-bribery self-reporting initiative and received a civil fine of around £170,000 instead of facing criminal charges. The corrupt payments were made by an ITS employee to secure contracts in Kazakhstan and they came to light when ITS was acquired by the Parker Drilling Company last year.
Are you able to recognise when something is being advertised to you? In most cases this will be obvious from the situation: TV commercial breaks, magazine advertisements and billboards on the side of the road. With the advent of YouTube and the huge variety of social media channels, advertising has come a long way from slogans, taglines and catchy jingles – creating digital marketing by stealth. A case in point is the recent opinion of the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) in relation to a complaint that had been made against Mondelez UK Ltd with regard to the promotion of Oreo biscuits in video blogs (or “vlogs”).
Enforced subject access will shortly become illegal. Enforced subject access typically occurs where a person wishes to see another individual’s criminal record, but chooses not to use the established legal system operated by Disclosure Scotland, the Disclosure and Barring Service and Access Northern Ireland.
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