SaaS Agreements – Data Protection – IT Security Requirements

n January 2013 Sony was fined 250,000 GBP for failing to take “appropriate technical measures” to protect the security of personal data stored on its PlayStation Network (PSN) in breach of the Data Protection Act (DPA). In light of the lack of guidance currently provided by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) on data protection security SaaS suppliers should be aware that the ICO plans to draw up new guidelines.

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SaaS Agreements – Social Media – Ownership of Accounts

Increasingly SaaS suppliers encourage employees to use social media accounts i.e. LinkedIn and Twitter to promote their products and business. However this often results in a conflict arising between claims of misuse of confidential information and “ownership” of accounts and contacts when the employment relationship comes to an end.

The High Court has recently highlighted the need for SaaS suppliers to have a clear policy on the ownership of such social media accounts and contacts when they are used by employees for business purposes.

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