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February 2011

UK data protection regulations get stricter

UK data protection regulations and data privacy laws are getting more stringent. In this interview, Paul Gershlick, partner at law firm Matthew Arnold & Baldwin LLP, explains what organisations need to know to meet data protection and privacy regulations in the UK. What are the most important regulations affecting networks and communications in the UK now? Gershlick: The Data Protection Act (DPA) is a big one. RIPA (Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act) is also important. The DPA and RIPA actually regulate how data is treated on networks. There is also the Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications 2002, known as the E-Privacy Directive. How have enterprises secured their networks to meet UK data protection regulations? Gershlick: If you look at the stories that come out almost on a daily basis, there are so many cases of people not taking appropriate measures. The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority data leak [that occurred] during IT maintenance because of failure to implement sophisticated access rights is...

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    by  Nick Booth

    If data centre networks are becoming more important, why are networking pros losing their say in the battle for data centre management?

  • UK data protection regulations get stricter

    by  Tracey Caldwell

    As UK data protection regulations and data privacy laws and their enforcement becomes tougher, enterprises must learn the intricacies of the Data Protection Act and the E-Privacy Directive, among other laws that affect network security.

  • UK heads for a mobile network operator duopoly

    by  Bryan Betts

    UK mobile network operators are dwindling due to mergers and agreements that stifle competition. Businesses must consider the effect this network consolidation will have on mobile services available to them and the prices they will have to pay.

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