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Digital Business Lawyer

Volume: 1 Issue: 2
(February 1999)


The EU data Protection Working Party has recommended action over ‘invisible’ processing on the internet. / read more

The EU Commission would seek to strike out any UK legislation that included mandatory key escrow or third party key recovery was the message from Commission sources in response to the DTI’s consultation document on Building Confidence in Electronic Commerce. / read more

Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are deeply unhappy at the contradictory position they face regarding web "caching", if the European Digital Copyright Directive is not amended. / read more

The first two months of 1999 has seen a sharp increase in the number of .uk domain names registered with Nominet UK, the registrar of .uk domain names, taking the figure to 205,580. / read more


e-commerce is evolving so rapidly that it is impossible for Government or industry to truly predict its shape in a year's time - let alone five years time. / read more

The Post Office and the British Chambers of Commerce are joining the Banks in the rush to establish Certification Authorities for digital signatures / read more

Barclays Bank has extended its Barclays Endorse digital signature trial until the middle of this year. / read more

The EU Data Protection Working Party has expressed its concern about ‘all kinds of processing operations which are presently being performed by software and hardware on the internet without the knowledge of the person concerned’. / read more

Regular contacts are continuing between EU officials and US Commerce Department officials in the attempt to find a solution to issues arising from the European Data Protection Directive. / read more

The Home Office still has no firm date set for the implementation of the Data Protection Act 1998. / read more

The United Kingdom Government released its much-awaited and overdue consultation on policy towards encryption related services and certification on Friday 5 March 1998. Comments are required by 1 April 1999 - a tight deadline given the subject matter and the scope of the paper. It contains interesting changes from the last policy which was released April 1998, significantly an offer to drop the requirement for mandatory key escrow by licensed provider of encryption services. / read more

The risks involved in employees use of e-mail have been widely publicised. In one instance a well-known company had to make a six-figure payment to a rival company due to defamatory statements made over the company’s internal e-mail system. The following guidelines contain the main initiatives that companies will need to embrace if they are to ensure the risks of e-mail use are minimised. / read more

A powerful group of governments endorsed the private-sector model for the technical administration of the Internet at a meeting of the The Governmental Advisory Committee of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in Singapore at the beginning of March. / read more

International banks plans for the formation of a global certification authority for digital signatures are advancing despite legal problems delaying the formation of the company. / read more

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is speeding up the pace of its drive to combat the pirating of music on the internet through the Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI). / read more

A compromise solution on the vexed issue of technology specification in the Digital Signature Directive looks set to win backing from European Telecommunications Ministers at the next meeting of the Telecoms Council in Luxembourg on 22 April. / read more

The Safety and Freedom through Encryption (SAFE) Act of 1999 was introduced into the House of Representatives in the United States by Rep. Bob Goodlatte and 204 co-sponsors on February 25. / read more

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