A bold claim by a privacy advocate or simply an attention-grabbing headline? Well, I confess, a bit of both!
In this blog we normally write about the effect of GDPR on companies, and the implications for their data-subjects. Today I’d like to focus on what data-subjects should be doing for themselves when on-line.
Last week we were at the ExecLN conference about privacy and security. One of the more intriguing presentations was about how much of your data is already out there.
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One of the great ironies of Brexit is that, irrespective of where we end up as a result of the present political hokey-cokey, the UK will move forward with a large piece of European thinking at the heart of its future trading policy. We all know and love this as the General Data Protection Regulation and the GDPR (plus a little bit around national security) is now enshrined within the UK’s 2018 Data Protection Act, passed with very little political ... Continue Reading →
The key to being successful at data privacy is awareness: of what you’ve got and what you do with it.
Much has been made of GPDR Article 30, which talks to the requirement to maintain a Written Record of Processing. This sounds grandiose, but in fact it can be simply described as “writing down what you do”.
The first thing to say is that for most* organisations under 250 people, it isn’t mandatory. However, life is made ... Continue Reading →
Be careful out there…..
Much of our outsourced DPO work takes place in the health sector and we look after over 40 health related organisations.
Part of this work involves giving advice around third party Subject Access Requests. These come about, commonly, where there is a legal or insurance issue and the individual gives his/her permission for a solicitor or insurance company to contact the hospital or medical practice on their behalf to receive the relevant details from their health record.
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This week a colleague and I went to the “2018 e-Commerce Expo”: https://www.ecommerceexpo.co.uk/
Our aim was to gauge the market for GDPR services in the SME e-Commerce sector: how did people feel about it, what was the privacy support like from their 3rd- party service providers?
In short, was there a need for JEM and our services?
On that front we came away feeling quite buoyed, albeit with the occasional sigh of disappintment. The Platform providers generally ‘got it’ when it came ... Continue Reading →
A lot of comment on social media is about the impact (or lack thereof) of GDPR on Direct Marketing: “Another company still sending me emails, despite me saying no!” sums up a whole slew of Tweets.
I’ll cover some specifics on the opt-in/out controversy and the PECR later (hint – it’s not as straightforward as people want to believe). But it got me to thinking – are we “data subjects” focusing on the wrong thing?
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Schadenfreude as you probably know is a German short-hand term that means the pleasure derived by someone from another person’s misfortune.
Some of us may have been tempted to a wry smile watching Mark Zuckerberg over several weeks trying to explain and make some amends, for the many ways in which Facebook have sold our data to third parties.
Others of us may have more serious concerns as a result over the way companies like Cambridge Analytica and Aggregate IQ apparently amass ... Continue Reading →
According to the new General Data Protection Regulation, going live on May 25th 2018, (GDPR), ‘personal data‘ means “any information relating to an identifiable person who can be directly or indirectly identified in particular by reference to an identifier”.
In reality, this means anything that can be used to build up a picture of someone either
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- directly: for example your home address in a database of addresses,
- or indirectly: ie by working with other data to discover things – so a council tax ...