Covid-19 Test and Trace programme: what is a DPIA, anyway?

Following a legal challenge from privacy campaigners, the Department of Health has admitted that the Test and Trace programme, which aims to trace contacts of those infected with COVID-19 in order to prevent further spreading of the virus, was launched without any Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) having been undertaken.

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Coronavirus update: Returning to the workplace safely

For the last 130 days, Government guidance has been to work from home wherever possible, but this will become optional from 1 August 2020. Here are our ‘Top 10 Tips’ for employers on how an office environment can be made Covid compliant for this transition.

Is it a fair CoP?

Confirmation of Payee (CoP) checks were introduced on 30 June 2020. The system is a new way for banks to check the account details of a payee (that is the recipient – whether a person or a business – of a bank transfer) before the payment is sent. This helps to avoid a payment being sent to the wrong account, whether as a result of a mistake or a fraud.

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Swiss Federal Supreme Court follows the practice of EPO’s Board of Appeal on singling out

In a recent decision (4A_613/2019, 11 May 2020), the Swiss Federal Supreme Court (Supreme Court) followed the practice of the Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO) as it held that the singling out of single features from two separate lists of features and therefore the combination of these  two specific features constitutes an extension of the subject-matter of the patent application leading to its nullity.

Recent Commercial Court decision highlights the importance of strict compliance with claim notification provisions in share and business sale and purchase agreements

In a recently delivered decision, Dodika Limited & Others v. United Luck Group Holdings Limited [2020] EWHC 2101 (Comm), Mr Peter MacDonald Eggers QC (sitting as a Deputy Judge of the Commercial Court) has ruled that a notice of claim under a tax covenant contained in a share sale and purchase agreement (SPA) failed to comply with the requirements of the claim notification provisions in the SPA. As a result, a sum of USD 50 million held in escrow was liable to be released to the SPA sellers.

Cyber security: Proactivity vs reactivity

Worried about the rise in cyber crime? Peter Yapp explains to Counter Terror Business Magazine how to “expect the unexpected” and get proactive when it comes to cyber security.

Fragmentation on TUPE business transfers – Splitting the difference

A recent case heard by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) – ISS Facilities Services NV v Sonia Govaerts & Atalian NV – has looked at what happens when a transfer takes place under the Acquired Rights Directive (ARD) where there is a transfer from a single business to multiple incoming businesses, i.e. post-transfer ‘fragmentation’.

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