Monthly Archives September 2015

Goodbye to ‘Safe Harbor’ as US companies need to start playing by the same rules

not so safe harborThis week the blogosphere went into overdrive with the news that the non-binding legal opinion of the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice claims that EU user data transferred to the US by various technology companies is a violation of current EU data protection and privacy laws.

Even before this opinion, the European Commission was already attempting to re-negotiate the Safe Harbor Agreement with the US. The Advocate General observed: “If the (European) Commission decided to enter into negotiations with United States, that is because it considered beforehand that the level of protection ensured by that third country, under the safe harbour scheme, was no longer adequate.”

And of course, he’s impeccably right in this regard.

The cornerstone of this highly influential leg...

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Thank you to everyone who came last night to the book launch!

20150923_201954Massive thanks to Lord Karan Bilimoria for an inspirational speech about the journey of Cobra beer to a global brand and its use of iconic advertising, marketing, illustration – and sponsorship! Thanks for your kind words about the book.

Thanks to Malcolm Deboo, President of the Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe for supporting the launch and to the fabulous team at the House of Illustration – profits from last night will go to both charities.

Special thanks to my wonderful friend and sponsor Tricia Lichfield and to the film crew from Skatta TV – you guys are the best!

Also big thanks to Amy Laurens my publisher from Routledge and for taking part in a filmed interview! Good job there was wine and beer afterwards!

Also massive thanks to everyone who came and bought a copy of the book – I wa...

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FREE event – Wed 23 Sept 6.00-8.30pm

If you would like to attend this FREE event, please RSVP events@skatta.tv

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GDPR is a top priority for the EC this year – Juncker

JunckerThis morning (Wed 9 September 2015) European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has revealed the priorities in the business of the European Commission and this includes reform of Europe’s data protection and privacy laws against the backdrop of a connected single digital market.

Juncker indicated in his speech today as well as in an open letter to European Parliament, co-signed by Frans Timmermans, first Vice President of the European Commission that “over the next few weeks the Commission will engage actively with the European Parliament and the Council to take forward discussions on these issues.”

In a ten-point priority list, Juncker clearly signalled the reform of data protection and privacy and the single digital market as being on the top of priorities that will dominate ...

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Queen Elizabeth II becomes our longest serving monarch on 9 September 2015  

Andy Warhol QE2The Queen is expected to make a rare public speech thanking her British and Commonwealth subjects for 63 years of support when she becomes our longest-reigning monarch on Wednesday.

 

Her Majesty, who had originally wanted to spend the landmark day in private, has already bowed to the clamour for a public appearance by agreeing to interrupt her holiday at Balmoral and open a railway in the Borders.

 

Now she is said to be contemplating going even further by speaking at the end of her journey aboard a steam train, when she would be likely to pay tribute to her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria, the woman whose record reign she will overtake.

 

Queen Victoria’s reign of 23,226 days, 16 hours and 23 minutes – 63 years and seven months – defined an era and a people.

 

No one wa...

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