Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Before you copy "some" code or "some" macros

What constitutes software copyright infringement ? How much can you copy from other programs ? Can you copy 50 lines out of 500.000 ? Get more information how this matter was handled by the US courts from the post written by Tomasz Rychlicki on his blog.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Data protection once again

After problems with data protection compliance of most popular Polish social - network site the problems touched a company responisble for draw of tickets for EURO 2008. In the fisrt day of gathering the data a data leak happened. Such information as PESEL (evidentional number of every citizen), bank account number, credit card number was avaliable for othe users. Data Protection Commisioner Office started investigation. The owner may face adminsiatrative fine and in the worst scenario may be senteced for imprisoment up to 2 years ! Take care when you do business it the web.

Katowice goes Open Source

Katowice, a city in Silesia goes Open Source. The magistrate resigned from MS Office and is buing just Open Office - the PR men says - " Up to date we bought 327 computers with Open Office only, saving thus 300 kPLN (around EUR 85 k ) a year. Wish you luck !

Monday, February 04, 2008

New Connect - hi-tech stock exchange market

New Connect is the stock exchange market created for hi-tech companies as a part of Warsaw Stock Exchange.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Amendments to the Polish Data Protection Law.

The main Polish legal act concerning personal data protection will be updated soon. The project and the description of changes are available on the Polish President’s website. As can be read in the aforementioned documents, the most important changes relate to fines and pecuniary penalties. There are also some minor changes important to notice, for example concerning individual’s agree to process it’s data (it can be revoked, now). According to the project, the Inspector General will have more possibilities to make the data controllers obey the Act of 29 August 1997 on the Protection of Personal Data. It will be possible to fine anyone breaking the rules of data processing from EUR 1000 to EUR 100 000.

If the project is voted through in the Sejm and Senat, the data controllers and their employees may be fined 300% of their monthly salaries. There is one new penal provision related to the files registration in Inspector General for the Protection of Personal Data, pursuant to which it is required to notice any changes of information given to Inspector General during file registration.