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IP & IT Law (6 May – 17 May)

IP & IT News

GozNym cyber-crime gang which stole millions busted

BBC News – 16 May

A police operation involving investigations in the US, Bulgaria, Germany, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine has stopped an international cyber-crime gang which used malware to steal $100m (£77m) from more than 40,000 victims. The gang infected computers with GozNym malware, which enabled them to access victims bank accounts.

Ariana Grande, thank you, next: copyright infringement on Instagram

IP Kat – 15 May

Singer, Ariana Grande, is being sued for posting a picture of herself on her Instagram page. The photo she posted was taken by Robert Barbera, a New York based photographer, who claims Grande deliberately removed his copyright from the image. The Plaintiff has demanded a trial by jury on all issues.

WhatsApp discovers 'targeted' surveillance attack
BBC News – 14 May

Instant messaging app, WhatApp, has revealed that a surveillance attack has targeted a select number of users, urging all 1.5 billion users to update their apps. The surveillance software used was developed by the NSO Group, an Israeli firm.

SNP faces fines for data protection breach after election mailing error

The Guardian – 10 May

The Scottish National Party (SNP) has sent tens of thousands of European election mailings to the wrong addresses, in a breach of data protection laws. The party has referred itself to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and faces a potential fine.

Singapore Offers Fast Track Patent Grant Process for AI inventions

Reddie & Grose – 10 May

The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore has introduced a free fast track patent grant process for all AI inventions, which will take six months to process, as opposed to the standard two years in Singapore. The application must be first filed in Singapore, which is currently the only country to introduce such measures.

The ICO compels HMRC to delete 5m biometric records

ITPro – 7 May

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has been issued a notice by the ICO, stating it must delete five million biometric records taken from its users without consent. The biometric records are voice recordings that were taken without consent between January 2017 and October 2018.

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