10 most Important things to know about GDPR compliance regardless of business size

The author is a UK qualified and fully licensed current practicing solicitor specialising in intellectual property cases and digital technology. His book A Business Guide to Business Law and the Internet published in 2002 has a whole chapter dedicated to the Directive 95/46/EC Data Protection Directive implemented as the Data Protection Act 1998 which has now been wholly repealed and replaced by GDPR

The Regulation (EU) 2016/679 General Data Protection Regulation comes into force this Friday 25 May 2018. Here are my picks of the ten most important things you need to know about GDPR regardless of the size of your business.

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How do you become a high growth digital technology business attracting investors and corporate clients?

What we do at PAIL is assist start-ups that already have a product and are revenue generating but are still looking to make that transition to corporate clients or to take investor funding. This transition is not an easy one. If your business has largely been done by employing people-per-hour consultants on a pay as you go basis or writing your contracts yourself, it is difficult to navigate the complexity of licensing technology to a corporation as all of them have rigorous procurement processes. One of the major validation concerns of corporations and investors is the longevity of your business model i.e. are you a here today and gone tomorrow. Apart from ensuring legal compliance we offer insight into how a business can be better prepared from generating revenue to being a high growth business. We are fortunate enough to represent a few such businesses. Are you feeling the itch to make the shift from selling to consumers and SME’s to acquiring corporate clients and institutional investors?

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Mobile app privacy agreements

Mobile app privacy agreements surveyed in a global study by the Global Privacy Enforcement Network in 2014 revealed that the majority of the mobile app privacy agreements failed to comply with privacy standards. 26 privacy and data protection authorities in 19 countries took part in the study. The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) (UK data protection authority) also participated.

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Mobile app developer non-circumvention agreement

Mobile app developer non-circumvention agreement explained by mobile app expert lawyers

So you have come up with some novel ideas to develop some features for a native mobile app for IOS or Android. Assuming you cannot code yourself, you will want to start approaching coders to build the app. But how will you prevent those developers stealing your ideas or building the same or a similar app for other another business? This is a major problem for a business because you don’t want to spend thousands developing an idea only for it to copied. Obviously you have to tell a developer about your ideas for them to build the app in the first place. Also the developer will build the app with the skills and knowledge that they have acquired over the years, and these skills are transferable

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