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

Massive data fines in Italy

This blog has given much coverage to the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation. What changes will it bring? How will the fines jump? Will Brexit affect it becoming enforceable in the UK? Earlier this year, the Italian Data Protection Authority fined a UK web-based money transfer firm €5,880,000. The current maximum fine imposed by the … Continue reading Massive data fines in Italy

Brexit means no GDPR

Apparently, 24% of businesses are not preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation because they believe Brexit means it won't apply in the UK. I deliberately didn't post this on April Fool's Day as it's too serious. The survey results are staggering on two fronts. First, these businesses have actually heard of GDPR and have undertaken … Continue reading Brexit means no GDPR

Prepare for GDPR

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I gave a talk about GDPR recently. For those of you who asked for the slides (there were only 2!) you can grab them here. Also, here are those 10 points to prepare for GDPR: Check you have “notified” the Information Commissioner's Office that you are a data user ("data controller"): quick, cheap straightforward online … Continue reading Prepare for GDPR

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?

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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 fines in Jan 2017

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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