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Data privacy – Facebook v Max Schrems
We recently covered the topic of Facebook and the transport of data to the US in our article ‘Should the Privacy Shield be suspended following the Facebook data scandal?’ Facebook is back in the news again and temperatures are rising in the Facebook v Max Schrems case. Who is Max Schrems?
Big data exposure – Level One Robotics
Case study A large robotics vendor, an assembly line droid builder, has been the latest company to expose confidential data for major manufacturing companies. We are going to look at the facts and share our findings. The recent revelation It has been claimed that the Canadian robotics vendor Level One Robotics is the company involved in a big data leak for over 100 manufacturing companies. Who exposed the data leak? ‘Upguard Inc’
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.
Should the Privacy Shield be suspended following the Facebook data scandal?
Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have said that the Privacy Shield should be suspended in wake of the recent Facebook data scandal and the GDPR. In 2016, the European Commission adopted the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. The Privacy Shield is a framework agreed by the European Union in the United States after the European Court invalidated the ‘Safe Harbor’ framework.
The new Data Protection Act 2018
After nearly a year of debate and consultation, the new Data Protection Act received Royal Assent on the 23rd of May 2018, two days before the GDPR went into force. It has been 20 years since the last Data Protection Act was passed and it comes at a time when the UK is facing many challenges and changes. Not only the recent implementation of the GDPR which a lot of businesses weren’t ready for but also Brexit.
The GDPR – the aftermath and news headlines
It’s been over a week since the GDPR came into force and the world hasn’t come to an end! In this article we are going to look at the news headlines and expand on the stories with an interesting series of opinions. Were you ready for the new data regulations? Are you still struggling to comply? Get some peace of mind by listening to Elizabeth Denham – the Information Commissioner for the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Listen to what she had to say when the GDPR came into force on the 25th May 2018. Her message is simple and reassuring for those businesses that weren’t ready for the deadline. The ICO is the UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals. The ICO will enforce the GDPR.
Keep calm and use our GDPR checklist
Ready or not, here it comes… This article is to help avoid doubt in your mind about the GDPR and your business. We have incorporated a checklist and hopefully, you can answer ‘yes’ to everything. If you can’t and you are concerned, contact us today and we can advise you. We have the knowledge and expertise to guide you as we all take this new data protection journey. You have until Friday 25th May 2018 to be compliant with the GDPR. If you handle personal data, you need to demonstrate that you have taken the appropriate steps to protect the information you collect and retain about people.
The GDPR – looking beyond the 25th May 2018
It’s the final countdown to the beginning of a new data protection journey. Please note: The GDPR is a journey, not a final destination. When the clock strikes midnight on the 24th May, it wouldn’t be wise to put your slippers on and fall into a false sense of data protection security.
It was a win for data protection in all 3 cases
We want to help our readers understand data protection and the GDPR. As part of that process, we are going to take a step back in time and look at three data protection cases. The circumstances within these examples may be similar to the way that you handle personal data at the moment. There could be certain aspects or details that are relevant to your industry or the way you process personal data within your organisation.
Data is a risky business and you might need to assess the situation
As we’ve said many times before… Data – if you don’t need it, don’t keep it. It can be a risky business! We have seen a sudden surge in the number of calls we are receiving and the number of people applying for the GDPR training courses that we run. I have to confess, there have been moments when I was concerned that all the GDPR advertising would start to have the same annoying effect as the persistent PPI adverts. It appears that people are starting to pay attention to the GDPR noise now. I hear about it on the radio and it’s coming up a lot on people’s social media feeds.
The Data Protection Bill and the GDPR
You might think you are prepared for the GDPR but don’t relax just yet… You wouldn’t be the only one to presume the GDPR covered everything about data protection and to not be aware of the Data Protection Bill debate currently going on in the House of Commons. The recent debate in the House of Commons about the Data Protection Bill has bought further pending changes to data protection in the UK. Most processing of personal data will be subject to the GDPR which is due to come into force on the 25th May 2018.
Who are the data controllers and data processors within an organisation?
There’s a wind of change in the big wide world of data regulation and the GDPR. More organisations are becoming aware of the GDPR and business owners have started to ask a lot of important questions. Phew! At last, the message is getting through. However, there is still some confusion about data accountability. Most recently, I have been asked to explain the job roles of a data controller and data processor.