Data protection fine shows security risks from using open source software cannot be ignored, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 15th, 2017 in computer programs, data protection, fines, local government, news by sally

‘A six-figure fine issued to a local authority in England for a breach of UK data protection laws should serve as a reminder to all organisations of their need to manage the security risks inherent in using ‘open source’ software, an expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 15th June 2017

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Judge dismisses prosecution of taxi company over cross-border bookings – Local Government Lawyer

‘A taxi firm did not break the law when an automated booking system allocated a customer enquiry in one local authority area to a cab owned by the same firm but licensed by a neighbouring council.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 6th June 2017

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Blockchain technology will be “game changer” in conveyancing – Legal Futures

‘Blockchain-backed ‘smart contracts’ will be a “game changer” in property transactions, increasing certainty for buyers and sellers as well as speeding up the house-buying process, it has been claimed.’

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Legal Futures, 26th April 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Here comes Billy, the robot junior clerk – Legal Futures

‘Innovative chambers Clerksroom is building Billy.Bot, a ‘robot junior clerk’ that will do the work of a traditional barristers’ clerk and also provide basic legal information to online users, Legal Futures can reveal.’

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Legal Futures, 13th April 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Subpostmasters fight to clear names in theft and false accounting case – The Guardian

‘More than 1,000 subpostmasters who claim they were wrongly accused of theft or false accounting could join a class action against the Post Office to clear their names.’

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The Guardian, 9th April 2017

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Thousands join UK legal case against VW over emissions scandal – The Guardian

‘More than 35,000 motorists have joined a class action lawsuit against VW in England and Wales over the emissions scandal.’

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The Guardian, 20th March 2017

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What happens when the robots get it wrong? – The Future of Law

‘As new technologies and automation start playing an ever more important role in the legal world, what are the risks in relation to negligence? As new technologies and automation start playing an ever more important role in the legal world, what are the risks in relation to negligence?’

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The Future of Law, 3rd March 2017

Source: www.blogs.lexisnexis.co.uk

Ticket touts face unlimited fines for using ‘bots’ to buy in bulk – The Guardian

‘Touts who use computer software to harvest concert tickets in bulk and resell them at vast mark-ups face unlimited fines as part of a crackdown on highly profitable resale sites such as Viagogo, StubHub and GetMeIn.’

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The Guardian, 10th March 2017

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The ‘robot lawyer’ giving free legal advice to refugees – BBC News

Posted March 9th, 2017 in artificial intelligence, asylum, computer programs, news, refugees by sally

‘A technology initially used to fight traffic fines is now helping refugees with legal claims.’

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BBC News, 9th March 2017

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Regulators should recognise that drivers cannot be expected to stay in-the-loop in highly autonomous vehicles – Technology Law Update

Posted February 23rd, 2017 in computer programs, consultations, insurance, news, road safety, road traffic by sally

‘The UK Government’s response to last year’s consultation on driverless cars concluded that the current approach of rolling regulatory reform was the right one, giving the flexibility to adapt to technological change and enabling innovation in a step-by-step way. The focus should be on technologies that are near to market, working to facilitate their safe introduction to UK roads.’

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Technology Law Update, 22nd February 2017

Source: www.technology-law-blog.co.uk

Search engines and rights holders finalise new code to address online copyright infringement – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 22nd, 2017 in codes of practice, computer programs, copyright, internet, news by sally

‘Google and Microsoft, together with representatives from the UK creative industries, have agreed on a new voluntary code to address online copyright infringement.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 22nd February 2017

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Online court “visible by September and no big bang”, top judge reveals – Legal Futures

‘The first signs of an online court (OC) will be visible in tribunals by September, online processes will be extended to a wide range of civil court proceedings by May 2020, and the reforms will be incremental, according to one of the judges in charge.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd February 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Legal professional privilege can protect businesses that fall victim to cyber attacks, say experts – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 21st, 2017 in computer crime, computer programs, disclosure, electronic mail, news, privilege by sally

‘Businesses risk the disclosure of damaging IT forensics reports if they fail to take advantage of legal professional privilege in light of a cyber attack.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 17th February 2017

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Robots might have ‘electronic persons’ status under future EU laws – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 20th, 2017 in computer programs, EC law, news, strict liability by sally

‘Advanced robots of the future could be given their own legal status under plans MEPs have asked EU policy makers to consider.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 20th February 2017

Source: www.out-law.com

Search engines and rights holders near deal on code to combat online copyright infringement – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 15th, 2017 in computer programs, copyright, internet, news by sally

‘Search engines and creative industry representatives are close to finalising a new voluntary code of practice aimed to combating online copyright infringement, a UK peer has said’

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OUT-LAW.com, 10th February 2017

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AI revolution could hit access to justice for people on low incomes – Legal Futures

‘Artificial intelligence (AI) could have a knock-on impact on legal services for poorer people, such as weakening pro bono assistance by cutting the number of commercial lawyers, according to a report by Professor Roger Smith.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd February 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

AI watchdog needed to regulate automated decision-making, say experts – The Guardian

‘An artificial intelligence watchdog should be set up to make sure people are not discriminated against by the automated computer systems making important decisions about their lives, say experts.’

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The Guardian, 27th January 2017

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Hackathon app “will help LGBT people report persecution safely” – Legal Futures

Posted December 13th, 2016 in computer programs, harassment, hate crime, homosexuality, internet, law firms, news, victims by sally

Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people around the world will be able to report incidents of persecution to international lawyers stealthily through everyday social media, after a hackathon backed by some of the largest UK law firms devised an app.

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Legal Futures, 13th December 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

AI app that replaces lawyers “could be used in divorce cases” – Legal Futures

‘The technology behind an artificial intelligence (AI) app developed to help businesspeople draft confidentiality agreements will be extended to other commercial and consumer products such as wills, and may in time be suitable for family law cases, according to its creator.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd November 2016

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Cambridge students build a ‘lawbot’ to advise sexual assault victims – The Guardian

Posted November 9th, 2016 in computer programs, legal services, news, sexual offences, universities, victims by sally

‘Imagine RoboCop went to Oxbridge – well, it’s nothing like that at all.’

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The Guardian, 9th November 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk