IP & IT News
Arron Banks's firm and Leave.EU face £135k fines over data misuse
The Guardian – 6 November
Leave.EU, the Brexit campaign group owned by Arron Banks, and another of his companies will face fines of up to £135,000 over misuse of data. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) are in the middle of an ongoing investigation, and more information may come to light.
TalkTalk makes ‘fair broadband’ promises
Computer Weekly – 5 November
TalkTalk has made promises of fairer broadband with its own ‘Fairer Broadband Charter’ and has vowed to end practices such as mid-contract price hikes. The company has also urged its competitors to stand alongside it, following an ongoing campaign focused on fairer broadband.
MPs suggest patent law reforms to combat antimicrobial resistance
Out Law – 1 November
A committee of MPs has suggested that the UK Government changes patent laws and incentivises pharmaceutical companies to develop new and ‘better’ antibiotics. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is becoming an increasing problem and no new antibiotics have been introduced for over thirty years. Patent law reforms could provide the answer.
ICO sets alarm bells ringing for ‘cold callers’ as it fines home security firms
ICO – 31 October
ACT Response Ltd of Middlesbrough and Secure Home Systems (SHS) of Bilston, West Midlands have both been fined £140,000 and £80,000 respectively for making 600,000 nuisance calls between them. Those that were contacted had already signed up to Telephone Preference Service (TPS).