IP & IT Law (15 October – 29 October)

IP & IT News

British Airways: 185,000 more passengers may have had details stolen

The Guardian – 25 October

Last month, British Airways revealed that that 380,000 payment cards might be at risk, due to a data breach. The company has now revealed another 185,000 passengers may have had their personal data stolen. British Airways has ‘not yet received any verified reports of fraud in relation to the data breach.’

ICO issues maximum £500,000 fine to Facebook for failing to protect users’ personal information

ICO – 25 October

Facebook has been fined by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) at the maximum fee of £500,000 for breaches of data protection law. Facebook did not provide sufficient clear consent when using and sharing personal information with application developers, and did not take suitable measures to keep data secure.

Uber increases fares in London to fund electric vehicles

The Telegraph – 23 October

Uber has claimed it plans on making all cars on its app electric by 2025. As of next year, prices will go up by 15p per mile and this is expected to contribute towards a £200 million fund which will help drivers update their vehicles.

Morrisons loses appeal against data breach liability ruling

Computer Weekly – 23 October

Morrison’s has lost its appeal over a data breach as the Court of Appeal has upheld the High Court’s ruling from December 2017. The supermarket will have to pay compensation to the 100,000 employees whose personal data was leaked by a former employee in 2014.

UK government to investigate new anti-piracy measures

WIPR – 23 October

The UK government will be investigating new ways to develop their piracy policies, in an effort to clamp down on the creation and use of illicit streaming devices (ISDs). The government will examine the possibility of administrative site blocking and will look at disruptions higher up in the supply chain.

EU ruling clarifies burden of proof on illegal file-sharing

Out Law – 19 October

The Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) has clarified burden of proof on illegal file-sharing in a recent ruling. The court has ruled that a person stating someone else was using their internet connection must now provide proof to avoid being liable.

Written by Ellie MacKenzie

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