Cloud personality!

Well that was unexpected: I've just been awarded Cloud Personality of the Year at the UK Cloud Awards! Many thanks to those who nominated me and for all your good wishes. Congrats to all the other winners too. And to those of you who asked, I'm reliably informed that they weren't handed the wrong envelope. … Continue reading Cloud personality!

Cloud personality?

I've been shortlisted for cloud personality of the year at the UK Awards which takes place on 15 March at Oxo2. Thanks to whoever nominated me. I'm in good company on the list and may the best man (this year all three on the shortlist are men) win! See you there.

Data: sorting the truth from the lies

Truth & lies

I hear odd data myths. Here's a compilation. Myth 1: UK law says I can't transfer my data outside the UK Truth: Wrong. You can transfer within the EEA, to any country on the EU Commission's adequacy list and to other countries with appropriate safeguards, such as the EU/US Privacy Shield. Myth 2: German law … Continue reading Data: sorting the truth from the lies

Are you ready for GDPR?

Magnifier

GDPR becomes enforceable on 25 May 2018 and, since Brexit will happen after that, UK businesses will have to comply. What do you need to know? Hefty fines It's already gained much coverage. The largest fines - the higher of 4% of annual global turnover or €20m - will be for breaches of the fundamental obligations, … Continue reading Are you ready for GDPR?

Data update in EU & US

Data

EU The European Court of Justice recently ruled that the general and indiscriminate retention of data is incompatible with the E-Privacy Directive. This was in relation to the now defunct UK Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act but will put pressure on its replacement, the Investigatory Powers Act 2016. The EU Commission has published a new draft E-Privacy Regulation to … Continue reading Data update in EU & US

Data fines in Jan 2017

Coins

The ICO has had a busy start to 2017 issuing a number of fines for data breaches. £40,000 fine for IT Protect for making nuisance calls trying to sell call-blocking devices to people who had registered to opt out of nuisance calls £50,000 fine for LAD Media for instigating the sending of 400,000 spam texts about debt without … Continue reading Data fines in Jan 2017

Parliament to trigger Article 50 says Supreme Court

UK EU Brexit

As was widely anticipated, the Supreme Court (by a majority of 8-3) has upheld the decision of the lower court and clarified that Parliament is the correct UK body for issuing notice under Article 50 of the EU treaty to trigger Brexit. This case has not been about overruling the (non-binding) referendum or about whether the … Continue reading Parliament to trigger Article 50 says Supreme Court