UK introduces new Data Protection Bill, because, you know, GDPR

Digital Minister Matt Hancock has confirmed the UK government will introduce a new data protection law. "It will provide everyone with the confidence that their data will be managed securely and safely blah blah." The statement of intent (PDF) then lists the changes under GDPR. What many don't understand - or care about - is that GDPR is … Continue reading UK introduces new Data Protection Bill, because, you know, GDPR

GDPR will kill our business

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I've heard and read this a lot recently: "GDPR will kill our business." In the same way that health & safety legislation killed manufacturing when that was first introduced? Or anti-discrimination laws killed off the service sector? Or the Highway Code and speeding laws killed off motor transport? This is, of course, typical knee-jerk reactionism. Nobody … Continue reading GDPR will kill our business

Your data is now my no.1 priority…and other GDPR observations

Priority - NOW

I've given several talks and been featured in videos recently about GDPR. Here are some of my observations from those. TL;DR: If you have taken no steps to be GDPR compliant, then you could be one of the first to get into trouble under the new law. If you have taken steps, you're better off … Continue reading Your data is now my no.1 priority…and other GDPR observations

Ask the Experts: Episode 6

Episode 6 was the final one (of Season 1) so we did something a little different. We answered the viewer's questions live on air. We covered a range of issues and revisisted some topics we had discussed during the season including "What does GDPR mean in simple terms" "Does the public sector have a de factor … Continue reading Ask the Experts: Episode 6

Service level agreements: Episode 5

Cloud is fast, efficient, scalable, flexible, cheap. But not if you can’t get access to it and we all know cloud is not immune from outages. What’s wrong with an “as is” service? Is there any point to service credits? You’ll be happy you agreed enforceable service levels, KPIs or some other metric when your … Continue reading Service level agreements: Episode 5

GDPR: Episode 3

The General Data Protection Regulation is the big topic at the moment. In episode 1 of Technology & the Law we looked at GDPR in relation to data location. In episode 3 we looked more broadly at GDPR issues. There is no magic wand which a consultant can wave to make you GDPR compliant: you … Continue reading GDPR: Episode 3

Cloud contract risks: Episode 2

In episode 2 of Technology & the Law we discussed cloud contract risks, how to overcome some of the key concerns including "as is" service, vendor lock-in, no liability coverage. On the panel there was: – Me (Frank Jennings, Wallace LLP) – Paul Bevan, Bloor Research – Rocio de la Cruz, Gowling –  Jimmy Desai, Keystone … Continue reading Cloud contract risks: Episode 2