Digital disruption and connected devices

Bitfinex: could greater regulation have prevented its hack?

Conor O'Hanlon

Introduction “In response to these constructive discussions with the CFTC’s Division of Enforcement, BFXNA has made significant changes to the way in which U.S. customers engage in financed trading on Bitfinex.” – Bitfinex Announcement, June 2, 2016[1] In their engagement to date with the emerging cryptocurrency sector, the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the Read More

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Cyber surveillance technology looks likely to become subject to EU export controls

Elva Cullen

It seems that the European Commission intends to propose stricter rules on the export of dual-use technology. If its proposed amendments to the “Regulation for the control of exports, transfer, brokering and transit of dual use items” (which were recently leaked) are implemented, dual-use technology will face stricter licensing and trade controls. The controls around Read More

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Dynamic IP addresses can be personal data says Advocate-General of the CJEU

Peter van Dyck

Summary On request for a preliminary ruling from the German Supreme Court, the Advocate-General of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) concluded that dynamic IP addresses can be personal data within the meaning of the EU Data Protection Directive. Background German federal institutions exploit websites which contain general information for the public. Read More

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Cybersecurity and risk management

Mark Ridgway

The topic of cybersecurity is seldom out of the press these days, occupying the minds of business leaders and politicians alike. From a business perspective, the ideal outcome would be to eliminate cybersecurity risks entirely. However, two things are clear. First, there is no panacea for the diverse and ever-evolving range of threats that exists. Read More

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EU Cybersecurity Directive

Nigel Parker

On 18 December 2015, the agreed text of the Network and Information Security Directive (the NIS Directive) was released. With cybersecurity firmly established as a key business risk, the introduction of specific laws in this area across the European Union will have a significant impact. Our alert provides an overview of the new legislation and Read More

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