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Technology

Technology

Electronic Signatures – A Sign Of The Times?

Claire Brady

We live in an era where technology is pervading every area of our lives and changing the way we live and work.

Often the law struggles to keep up with the digital reality, but another significant step along the way is the updated framework for electronic signatures and online authentication. The Electronic Identification Regulation (EU/910/2014) entered into force on 1 July, replacing the E-Signature Directive (1999/93/EC).

The desired result of the changes in the law?

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EU-US Privacy Shield Adopted Today. What Do You Need To Know?

Claire Brady

When the European courts ruled on the inapplicability of Safe Harbor in October 2015, it left many companies all at sea (pardon the pun).

However, following our previous blog the European Commission has now formally adopted the new Privacy Shield agreement, replacing Safe Harbour.

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Artificial Intelligence Or Intelligent Artificiality?

It’s well known that we in the tech sector love our acronyms.  We also like re-badging stuff.  What was once ASP (application service provision) morphed into SaaS (software as a service) and then became part of the cloud computing eco-system.

And so it is at the moment with AI (artificial intelligence).  There have been a number of pronouncements recently, particularly from private practice firms, about their adoption of AI.  But is the truth more weighted towards the “artificial” than the “intelligence”?

That well-known convenient one-stop-shop of truth,

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Burness admin

Lawyers Must Turn Awareness Of Changing Technology Into Action

Callum Sinclair, Head of Technology

A mere six weeks after joining my new firm, Burness Paull, a colleague was faced with a near impossible task: to make the audience at the TEDx Glasgow Conference in Glasgow feel sorry for lawyers.

We live in incredibly interesting times. Most people now accept that we are living through a fourth revolution: a digital revolution. I’ve heard it said, and I agree, that the pace of change in technology has never been so fast, and will never be as slow again.

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Virtual Estate Planning: Your Digital Legacy

In February 2015, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, announced the company’s plans to introduce a “legacy contact” feature to accounts .  The main purpose of this new user feature is to allow the account holder to nominate a friend or family member to manage their profile when they pass away.  The feature will enable the nominee to announce the user’s death, close the user’s account or keep it as a memorial. Since this announcement there has been much discussion on virtual estate planning.

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