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

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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

NSA, GCHQ and even Donald Trump are all after your data

As production and usage of data keeps growing globally, it’s worth remembering that the US government wants access to your information and will use warrants, decryption or hacking to get to it. That’s not news and the US government has many tools in its box. Many had already heard of the Uniting and Strengthening America … Continue reading NSA, GCHQ and even Donald Trump are all after your data

You’ve been hacked. What are you liable for?

'It won't happen to me...' but best be prepared Hacking is big news and we’re all susceptible. In the UK, hackers could face jail time under the Computer Misuse Act, but the question on many businesses’ minds will be where the liability lies if they are hacked. The list of successful mega breaches continues to … Continue reading You’ve been hacked. What are you liable for?

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

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

Brexit = Legal Armageddon?

The Brexit debate continues and, with the Leave and Remain camps neck and neck, it looks likely that the undecided few will carry the result. It seems that we can expect more headline-grabbing soundbites until the vote on June 23. The polarised nature of this debate is throwing up some interesting oddities, so you might … Continue reading Brexit = Legal Armageddon?