With under 35 days to go, the count-down and planning for the London Olympic and Paralympics Games 2012 has well and truly commenced! If you haven’t already considered implementing Games-related policies now is the time to do so. For ideas and help read our Top Tips: Drafting an Olympics Policy.

The changes to the cookie laws, which require website operators to obtain consent from users before setting cookies came into force last year. However, the ICO’s grace period, of one year, only expired on 19 May 2012. The ICO has set up a reporting tool to allow users of websites to report concerns about cookies on websites. The reporting tool was activated on Friday 25 May 2012. Since the reporting tool went live, the ICO has received a flurry of complaints, 64 in just three days and 180 complaints so far. Find out more about the changes to the cookies law in: Cookie concerns.

On 25 January 2012, the European Commission proposed a comprehensive reform of the EU’s 1995 Data Protection Directive “to strengthen online privacy rights and boost Europe’s digital economy”. The Commission aims for a genuine single law which will do away with the current fragmentation and which will help reinforce consumer confidence in online services. Find out more in: New EU Data Protection Regulation: The Key Proposals.

Domain names are a key asset in protecting your brand online. If you are considering launching a new brand and registering a domain name or want to protect your domain name or reclaim a domain name from cybersquatters, there are many factors to consider. Read our Domain names — Top Ten Legal Tips for more information.


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