Technology, Media & Telecoms

The rapid growth in the number of digital companies engaged with MacRoberts has underlined our status as a world leader in technology excellence. Both the UK and the Scottish Government express their firm support for this sector, recognising the potential for job creation and seeing it as a key part of the nation’s economic growth strategy.

It is therefore important to have a team of advisers who understand these challenges and the specific needs of their clients. We have experts who understand not only the law but also many of the technologies which our clients need to use. Our expert knowledge spans the full range of legal services for the sector and we take the time to understand your business, your business drivers and risks and reflect these in the commercial advice we provide. We offer sensible commercial and practical advice based on our knowledge and experience.

“The technology sector is one of MacRoberts’ key strengths and our knowledge of tech and IP is unrivalled – we’re real tech geeks at heart.”

Alan Kelly, Head of Technology, Media & Telecoms
    • GDPR ICO fines Ticketmaster £1.25 million for failing to protect customers Ticketmaster UK Limited is the latest company to see monetary penalties being imposed upon it by the Information Commissioner's Office, for failing to protect customers' payment details in a cyber attack which potentially affected 9.4 million customers across Europe.
    • Technology, Media & Telecoms Can a machine be considered to be an inventor? In a recent case, the High Court of England and Wales, sitting as the Patents Court, upheld a decision of the UK Intellectual Property Office that a patent application by an individual, which named an AI machine as inventor, would be dismissed.
    • Technology, Media & Telecoms Use of live facial recognition technology – not so clear after all In a setback for law enforcement, the English Court of Appeal recently ruled that the use of live facial recognition technology by South Wales Police breached the European Convention of Human Rights, Data Protection Act 2018 and Equality Act 2010.
    • GDPR ICO publishes new guidance on artificial intelligence and data protection The Information Commissioner's Office has published guidance for the development and deployment of systems using artificial intelligence, noting that many of the key data protection considerations are largely the same as for any new project.
    • Technology, Media & Telecoms Can artificial intelligence be trusted? It has been announced that the Home Office is to stop using a computer algorithm to help determine visa applications, following allegations that it contained "entrenched racism". Once again, this brings into sharp focus the extent to which we are ready to trust robots and other forms of artificial intelligence to make decisions that may affect many aspects of our lives.
  • "MacRoberts is particularly strong in the technology sector."

    Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession
  • "Their standards have been excellent – they are responsive and know the legal solutions but also the commercial considerations."

    Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession

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