Cyberattacks present a daily threat to UK businesses and have become more destructive in recent years, with data breaches and hacks frequently making front-page news. The government has now announced new joint initiatives with the insurance sector to help firms to manage this risk. Companies are being encouraged to place cyber-threats at the forefront of commercial risk, with the potential to affect all of their operations.
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) can now subject public healthcare organisations to compulsory audits of their data protection compliance. Until now, these compulsory audits have applied only to central government departments. However, the secretary of state has broadened the scope of the ICO's compulsory audit rights to a wide group of National Health Service bodies in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The recent Technology and Construction Court decision in Fujitsu Services Ltd v IBM United Kingdom Ltd provides valuable insight into how the courts interpret contract clauses in a technology context and highlights some of the particular challenges involved in drafting contracts which involve elements of work sharing or partnering.
The Information Commissioner's Office has published guidance aimed at helping mobile app developers to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998 and to ensure that the privacy of users is protected. The guidance is a timely reminder to developers to consider privacy implications when creating apps.