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.

UK to click “I Accept” for a quick Trump trade deal

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Nigel Farage reckons the new President Trump can sign a trade deal with the UK in 90 days. Let's put aside the fact that any formal trade talks prior to Brexit would be a potential breach of the EU treaties. Let's focus on his suggestion that the private sector can do deals much quicker than the public … Continue reading UK to click “I Accept” for a quick Trump trade deal

Did you read the terms or just click Accept?

  Migrating to an outsourced IT service including cloud is a great opportunity to outsource responsibility for IT and employees while simultaneously increasing efficiency and decreasing cost. At least, that’s the theory. The reality can be a lot more sobering. The SSP outage should serve as a reminder that while cloud can be great for your … Continue reading Did you read the terms or just click Accept?

Privacy Shield not ready yet

Two working parties, ministers galore... but data transfer law remains in limbo The revelations by rogue NSA sysadmin Edward Snowden in 2013 caused indignant EU politicians to open a dialogue with the US government to update the data transfer regime to safeguard personal data. The Privacy Shield is the culmination of those discussions. The US's hands-off approach … Continue reading Privacy Shield not ready yet

Data protection: Don’t be an emotional knee jerk

How many times have you spoken to someone in a call centre who refused to give you information on the basis that the "Data Protection Act" prevents them? Any potential customers in Germany who told you they can’t buy your IT or cloud service because their law prohibits data transfers outside Germany? Has anyone told … Continue reading Data protection: Don’t be an emotional knee jerk

EU-US Privacy Shield

It sounds like the latest superhero movie from Marvel comics. In fact, the EU-US Privacy Shield is the long-expected Safe Harbour 2.0. In a deal reached just after the deadline set by the Article 29 Working Group, the EU Commission proudly proclaimed "Our people can be sure that their personal data is fully protected." We haven't got … Continue reading EU-US Privacy Shield

Where’s Safe Harbour 2.0?

In October last year the Court of Justice of the EU invalidated the Safe Harbour regime. This left many wondering how to continue with data transfers with some saying to use the EU Model clauses. Others, including the commissioner of Schleswig Holstein, said that those clauses were not adequate as they were part of the same decision-making … Continue reading Where’s Safe Harbour 2.0?