Government & Politics

Net Neutrality Repeal: the end of an open and free internet?

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Net Neutrality

Net neutrality is all over the news. Those who follow my social media posts will understand that I believe net neutrality is one of the most important challenges facing the technology community since the invention of the internet. There are arguments on both sides. Proponents of net neutrality argue that the concept facilitates a free […]

Privacy & Data Security

How Your Businesses Can Work Towards GDPR Compliance

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GDPR Compliance

GDPR Compliance: Your Journey The European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018. Compliance with this EU-wide new data protection and privacy law is going to be critical for both small and large businesses over the next 12 months. Th GDPR is a big change in the EU data protection and privacy […]

Fintech

Fintech Disruption: banking, mobile payments and regulation

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Fintech law disruption

Fintech is shorthand for ‘technology in financial services’. The technology of Fintech makes financial services easier and more efficient. Disruption is a trend that describes how rapid change and innovation in a market eventually displaces the incumbent. For example, think of how outsiders Amazon disrupted traditional bricks and mortar book shops, or how Uber has revolutionised how we order and […]

Software

Jailbreak an iPhone: Will you end up in court?

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Jailbreak an iPhone

Jailbreak an iPhone? As technology becomes more sophisticated, hackers are responding with new and innovative ways to manipulate and control hardware and software. But does the law make it illegal to ‘jailbreak’ an iPhone or otherwise circumvent the security measures of the operating system of a mobile device or tablet? What is ‘jailbreaking’? The late CEO of […]

Fintech

Fintech in Ireland: Investment and Innovation

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FinTech in Ireland

The text of this Fintech in Ireland article originally appeared in the January 2016 edition of PaymentCompliance magazine and is reproduced here with permission. You can subscribe to PaymentCompliance here Introduction Since the 1980s Ireland has transformed itself into a global hub for technology and international financial services (IFS). In 2015 the Irish government published “A Strategy […]

Contract Law

Gig Economy App Services: Licence to Disrupt

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gig economy sharing

Gig Economy We are living in the age of the gig economy. It is causing disruption all around us. Technology, the online marketplace, and the internet of things (IoT) is rapidly changing the status quo at a phenomenal and unyielding rate. The so called ‘gig economy’ (also know as the sharing economy) and its apps […]

Contract Law

Best Governing Law For Technology Contracts

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Where can I sue and what law will apply? The effect of the terms of a contract and how they are interpreted can differ a lot depending upon which country’s laws govern them. All commercial entities want to select the best governing law for their contract and make sure that their disputes are heard somewhere that is convenient and pro-business. Parties […]

Big Data

Big Data: Why Big Data is Big News

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big data

Big Data is going to be a challenge for many companies in the immediate future. More than 37% of large companies surveyed indicated that they agreed with this statement. The drivers for managing and capitalising on Big Data are clear. For example, if the average Fortune 1000 company increased the usability of its data by […]