Category Archives: Company & Commercial Law

Marriott announce data breach of information for as many as 500 million people

The Marriott Hotel chain (“Marriott”) announced on Friday 30 November 2018 that information contained in its Starwood brands guest reservation database was compromised. Unauthorised access occurred in connection with reservations at Starwood properties on or before 10 September 2018, potentially … Continue reading

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Directors’ duties: Staying shipshape

If we think about companies as ships, then company directors are a ship’s captains.  They are tasked by shareholders of the company with plotting their precious vessel’s course to success while navigating choppy commercial waters, and perhaps dealing with an … Continue reading

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Budget 2018 – Pro-business…but No-Deal Brexit casts a shadow

The 2018 Budget has been received positively by business groups. Carolyn Fairburn, CBI Director-General said it was “a rock solid Budget, bringing more treats than tricks for business whilst the Federation of Small Businesses hailed it as “the most small-business-friendly … Continue reading

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Naming and shaming – will #MeToo and Philip Green affect Non-disclosure Agreements?

Labour peer and long-standing human rights campaigner Lord Hain blasted through five Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) when he named retail tycoon Sir Philip Green as the latest leading businessman at the centre of allegations of workplace abuse, including sexual and racial … Continue reading

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Demergers – Keeping it simple

Successful businesses are often built from the ground up, and companies often incorporate multiple subsidiaries or acquire other complimentary businesses to form part of their group, each carrying out their own duties alongside the core concept that started it all. … Continue reading

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The reaction of Data Protection Commissioners throughout the EU to Facebook’s latest data breach

Background Last weekend news broke of a data breach at the Conservative Party conference via an app, prompting predictions of an embarrassing GDPR fine for the party currently in power. The limelight for this data breach was wholly stolen by … Continue reading

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Cambridge Analytica – Facebook issued record fine

The Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) has announced that Facebook is to be fined £500,000 for its part in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The ICO concluded that Facebook failed to safeguard its users’ information and be transparent about how such data was … Continue reading

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It’s the end of the (copyright) world as we know it

The world was a different place in 1988.  The Soviet Union was still in existence, the Berlin Wall hadn’t yet fallen, the only Star Wars being discussed was President Reagan’s anti‑missile shield and the internet was still a twinkle in … Continue reading

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The right to be forgotten and the removal of information that may disproportionately impact the lives of individuals

Last week, an individual won his legal action against Google in connection with what is known as the “right to be forgotten” in a UK High Court case. The right to be forgotten (also referred to as the right to … Continue reading

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Court condemns Facebook’s use of personal data

After a lengthy battle with the Federation of German Consumer Organisations (“FGCO”) regarding Facebook’s data protection policies, the Berlin Regional Court (“BRC”) has found that Facebook’s use of its users’ data was illegal. Facebook had failed to obtain consent to … Continue reading

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