Big data – that’s a lot of information
‘Big data’, you hear the phrase but do you actually understand what it means? Big data is basically a large collection of information, more specifically - ‘data sets’. The capabilities of our devices that we use, the development of technology, the ability to diagnose or cure an illness is all down to data sets. Big data is the essential gathering of information to function, grow and survive but capturing that data can be intrusive at times - that is why the GDPR is essential.
The role of a Data Protection Officer
“You’re fired!” The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) protects Data Protection Officers (DPOs). If a company breaches the new data laws, firing the DPO won’t be an option! A DPO is an enterprise security leadership role required by the GDPR in certain circumstances. DPOs are responsible for overseeing data protection strategy and implementation to ensure compliance with GDPR requirements.
Is a Privacy Shield compliant with the GDPR?
The big question is… If a company is self-certified under the Privacy Shield, would that mean the company would be automatically in compliance with GDPR? The GDPR, like the EU Directive, permits data transfer to countries with ‘adequate protection’. In the case of ‘self-certification’, who is to say that in a court of law, someone could simply demonstrate the company didn’t, in fact, meet certification requirements?
77% of charities named data loss as their biggest concern
An astonishing 84% of UK small business owners and 43% of senior executives of large companies are not aware of the forthcoming GDPR – according to research-live.com. (1) The research has also revealed that 75% of data will be unusable following the GDPR enforcement. According to w8data, only 25% of existing customer data meets the requirements of the GDPR. (2) That also applies to non - profitable organisations, the GDPR compliance requires organisations to fundamentally change their culture around data management, forcing organisations to undertake a wholesale review of their data processing procedures.
GDPR – Are you ready?
The media is awash with adverts about the EU General Data Protection Regulation; “Are you ready?”, because it is coming ready or not. On May 25th 2018 a new set of laws will come into force, “…designed to harmonise data privacy laws across Europe, to protect and empower EU citizens…”
GDPR – The Right(s)
Several areas within the new GDPR, concern the rights of the individuals, most of which are included in the Data Protection Act (DPA), which was based on an EU directive. The difference between EU directives and regulations is that "directives" set out goals for each member state to implement and adapt within their own laws