On October 16, 2013, Dr. Pilar del Castillo Vera issued the draft opinion of the European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) with regard to the proposed cyberstrategy of the EU.
Canada’s Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Releases Cyber Security Self-Assessment Guidance
On October 28, OSFI released its Cyber Security Self-Assessment Guidance (the “Guidance”) to aid Federally Regulated Financial Institutions (“FRFI”) in assessing its level of preparedness against cyber risks. The Guidance was drafted in response to OSFI’s Plans and Priorities for 2013-2016, a plan that emphasizes vigilance against the increasing frequency and sophistication of cyber threats.
“Only Following Orders” No Defence: B.C. Court of Appeal Holds Employees Personally Liable for Their Participation in Breach of Technology License
In the case of XY, LLC v. Zhu, 2013 BCCA 352¸ the B.C. Court of Appeal has confirmed that employees of a company can be personally liable for the breach of a technology license agreement by their employer.
On October 23, The Securities and Exchange Commission voted to propose rules under the JOBS Act to permit companies to offer and sell securities through crowdfunding.
Website operators seeking to qualify for a defence to possible defamation claims in respect of comments published on their websites contained in the Defamation Act 2013 will have two days (subject to the courts’ discretion) to notify the authors of the comments of the complaint, under the recently published draft Defamation (Operators of Websites) Regulations 2013 (the “Regulations“), currently before parliament.
In late October, the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released its Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework. Although a U.S. standards-setting body, NIST is influential and is looked to as a trendsetter in security, cloud computing and other IT standards.
The ability to register a trademark in the member countries of the European Union (currently 30) in a single application has been available under the Community Trademark system (CTM) since the mid-1990’s.
A lot of us hate turning off our electronic devices for take-off and landing. We have to sit there, bored, and leaf through the SkyMall catalogue, hoping the pilot knows what he’s doing. Sure we have a book, but it’s in the overhead bin, while we are strapped into the seat. All but the Luddites among us have a range of devices – tablets, smart phones, notebooks, music players, etc., etc. – to distract ourselves.