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Getting technology contracts right

This article is essential reading for both buyers and suppliers of technology and discusses some key points for getting technology contracts right. Here, we focus on the supplier's perspective but, by definition, that also indicates important points for buyers. 1. Pre-Contract Issues (i) Do you need a contract? Whether you …
Taylor Walton, 01 Apr 2004
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Data Protection – getting it right

The information commissioner (IC) Richard Thomas has warned organisations not to use the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) as an excuse for poor practice. Speaking following recent criticism of the DPA by the police and British Gas, the IC said he was concerned that the advantages of the DPA were being undermined by officials who …
Taylor Walton, 17 Mar 2004
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Mobile phone ban – the risk to business

Well mobile phones in cars haven’t actually been banned but there is some important new law that affects the use of hand held mobile phones in cars and there are significant risks for businesses, writes technology lawyer Tim Cook. The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) (No. 4) Regulations 2003 came into force this …
Taylor Walton, 05 Dec 2003
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‘Golden Age of Free Music’ vs ‘Copying is Stealing’

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has launched an advertising campaign using the slogan "copying is stealing" to convey to the public the message that digital copying (eg. over peer-to-peer (P2P) networks) is as serious and criminal as stealing a CD from a record shop or a DVD from a video shop. This article …
Taylor Walton, 06 Aug 2003
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Websites – Are you helping the disabled?

Many website operators are unaware that the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 ("Act") applies to websites as it does to, say, a public building. Under the Act, it is unlawful for a "provider of services" to discriminate against a disabled person and this includes website operators. If the structure of a website makes it …
Taylor Walton, 02 Jul 2003
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Direct marketing – new legal dangers

In the context of this article, direct marketing means marketing contact that has not been requested by the target, write lawyers Mike Pettit and Tim Cook. The legal background on direct marketing is set to change. The European Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications ("Directive") focuses on marketing by email, SMS, …
Taylor Walton, 12 Jun 2003