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    Many clients query the appropriateness of clauses that purport to make them subject to US law relating to the re-export of software and technology.

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    The digital revolution has radically changed commerce, industry and government. Information is no longer stored in rooms full of filing cabinets under lock and key.

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    by Nick O'Connell - 

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    by Nick O' Connell & Sana Saleem -  /

    Many changes are afoot in respect of healthcare and pharmaceuticals in the UAE. There is a real push to improve standards relating to health and medicine across the board.

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    by Nick O'Connell  - 

    Remote access computing services, whereby software applications, databases, data storage, network configuration and programming tools are made available to clients as a service, are becoming...

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    Remote access computing services, whereby software applications, databases, data storage, network configuration and programming tools are made available to clients as a service, are becoming...

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    by David Yates  - 

    From time to time we act for foreign corporations who are looking to supply technology solutions to customers the UAE and who wish to do so using their "standard" technology supply contracts.

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    by Nick O’Connell  - 

    Most people will agree that the protection of privacy is important. The benefits of living in the information age (ranging from enhanced public healthcare through to more convenient on-line shopping)...

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    ECJ Decision on software licenses: On July 3, 2012, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued a landmark decision related to the copyright protection of software licenses.

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  • ‘Type Approval’ Required For Telecommunications Apparatus In The UAE

    by Nick O' Connell - 

    Mobile phone users in the UAE may have noticed recent news articles explaining how the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (‘TRA’) is planning to clamp down on counterfeit mobile phones.

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  • E-HEALTH - JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED

    by Nick O’Connell  - 

    Technology has great potential to improve the quality and safety of healthcare, and it is obvious that the benefits of the information age should be utilized in the provision of healthcare services.

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  • Due Diligence in M&A Transactions: Information Technology Considerations

    by Waldo Steyn - 

    The importance of the appropriate focus on information technology, including software, in due diligence projects where the target is an information technology company, or where the target’s business...

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  • Saudi Arabia – Enforcement of Power of Attorney Requirements for Applications from 2012

    by Stephen Jiew - 

    The Saudi Arabia Department of Official Gazette and Trademark Offices have announced that there will be stricter enforcement of regulatory guidelines regarding the filing of Power of Attorneys as...

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  • “What is personal data?” under the DIFC Data Protection Law

    by David Yates - 

    The DIFC Data Protection Law 2007 applies in the jurisdiction of the Dubai International Financial Centre. This legislation governs the processing of “personal data”.

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  • Mobile commerce and social media - some points to consider

    by David Yates - 

    Internet-capable mobile devices have become ubiquitous. More and more businesses are trying to meet their customers’ swiftly evolving needs and expectations by using mobile devices and social media.

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  • Qatar Telecoms Regulator Gets Tough

    by Anita Siassios  - 

    The facts surrounding the introduction of the branded partnership between Virgin Mobile and Qtel in Qatar last year suggest that arguably, a mobile telecommunications services provider may be...

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  • Cloud computing in the UAE: Legal risks and remedies for providers and users

    by David Yates - 

    The term “cloud computing” is often used to describe a broad range of remote access computing services, many of which have been around for a number of years.

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  • IS THE ELECTRONIC CUSTOMER ALWAYS RIGHT?

    by Wong Yuwn Ping - 

    Qatar’s Decree Law No. 16 of 2010 on Electronic Commerce and Transactions (E-Commerce Law), which came into effect towards the end of 2010, promises greater protection for consumers in electronic...

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  • Saudi Arabia - New Web Publishing Law

    by Salah Deeb - 

    Saudi Arabia has recently announced new implementing regulations for web publication (the “Regulations”) which will come into force after one month from publication in the official gazette.

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