Our lawyers in the media
Our lawyers regularly appear as sources in broadcast and written journalism. In this section, we offer a few thought-provoking quotes from our Technology and Outsourcing Law Group on TMT headlines over the last year.
“The concern is coming from the CIO and the commercial area…They are the people who have to get the infrastructure right and deal with the fallout if there are security risks.” Paul Barton, Computer Weekly, 7 February 2011, on the challenges posed by the government’s proposed adoption of the cloud.
“If you are always relying on consent before people can access these technologies, it could have a damaging effect on new development” Eduardo Ustaran, Financial Times, 18 May 2011, commenting on the recent opinion from the European body of data protection regulators - that if businesses want to use location data to track smartphones and other mobile devices, they must first obtain the customer’s consent.
“There is no bright line test to determine what is critical infrastructure and it would be much more appropriate in my opinion to introduce legislation that contains a general obligation for security where a person or organisation is in control of data and/or computer and communications systems the resilience of which needs to be assured in order to prevent harm to national interests, society, the economy or individuals” Stewart Room, SC Magazine, 13 June 2011, commenting on the recent cyber attack on the IMF. Stewart was also listed on www.V3.com as one of the top ten security experts to follow on Twitter.
“This will force a costly U-turn since international banks have been striving to link up their systems more fully, in order to save cost and clarify their overall risk profile. While the banks will be keen not to lose the benefits of risk transparency, the new regime may force them to split some of the links across their IT systems and outsourcing deals down the middle, causing extra cost and disruption” John Worthy, Computer Weekly, 14 September 2011, on the potential impact of the Vickers Review