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

Does UK need privacy shield after human rights repeal?

Someone asked me on Twitter how the repeal of the Human Rights Act in the UK would affect an adequacy decision for UK data transfers. It is simpler to blog about it than try to squeeze the answer into numerous tweets, so here goes... For all this talk about Brexit, many people forget that the … Continue reading Does UK need privacy shield after human rights repeal?

GDPR in force 2018. Nothing new there

Big news! The Secretary of State Karen Bradley MP recently confirmed that the UK Government will be opting in to the General Data Protection Regulation (see Q72) and the Information Commissioner has said “I see this as good news for the UK...The ICO is committed to assisting businesses and public bodies to prepare to meet the requirements of the GDPR … Continue reading GDPR in force 2018. Nothing new there

Can I take my client list with me?

You spend months or years building up a client list for your employer. You nurture the relationship and build up personal ties with the client. When you leave the employer, naturally the client goes with you. And so does the client list, via a USB stick or Dropbox or your webmail account. If you don’t … Continue reading Can I take my client list with me?

How Brexit affects your trading relationships

The people have voted by a slim margin to leave the EU. The leaving process is likely to take at least two years before Brexit is finalised. Even if there is a second referendum that halts the exit process, there will be short term uncertainty with fluctuating exchange rates and stock market swings. How should you … Continue reading How Brexit affects your trading relationships