Tech Law Blog

Roundup: Most Popular Posts of 2014

08 January 2015

As our blog turns one year old, it's time to take a look back at the hottest topics of 2014. Throughout the year we looked at many relevant cases in the EU courts, as well as offering tips on day-to-day operations for innovative businesses.

Unsurprisingly, Google's "Right to be Forgotten" case, arguably the most important technology law decision of the last few years, was our readers’ favourite topic. You can see this and the rest of our most popular posts below. 

Google and the “Right to be Forgotten” - What the Court Said and Why it Matters

This is a remarkable case, with a very inconspicuous beginning. 

In January and March 1998, a Spanish newspaper published formal notices stating that certain assets connected to Mr Costeja González were to be auctioned to pay off outstanding social security debts. These notices were true and accurate, and were published on foot of an order from the Spanish Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.


Interns and Your Business - What You Need to Know

Formal internships are a relatively recent phenomenon in Ireland. In certain industries, however, and most prominently in tech and media, internships are already seen as the primary way for individuals to gain relevant work experience and to increase their employability in a competitive working environment. For businesses, internships are often a reliable and effective way of accessing talent.


Court of Justice Rules on the Definition of Personal Data

The Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) recently provided further guidance on what constitutes personal data for the purpose of EU law. The CJEU ruled in the joined cases of YS, M, and S v Minister for Immigratie, Integratie en Asiel that the legal analysis contained in an internal document as part of an internal process is not personal data. 


Getting your Digital House in Order: A Checklist of Website Legal Requirements

Nearly every business has a website, whether just for information purposes or for selling goods or services. Yet, how many businesses are aware of the legislation which applies to websites and e-commerce transactions? Is your website designed to comply with WEEE, e-commerce, equality and data protection legislation?


Employees Beware – Email Usage in the Workplace

The UK Employment Appeals Tribunal (the “EAT”) has held that the use of emails by an employer discovered in the course of an employee disciplinary investigation does not amount to an unjustified interference with that employee’s private life. The right to privacy set out in Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (“ECHR”) was held not to apply to work emails. This case is noteworthy as this issue often crops up for employers, and as the ECHR applies in both the UK and Ireland.