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Are your PRIVACY NOTICES correct?

Posted by David Mills on September 21, 2018
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Is your Privacy Notice worth the paper it’s written on ?? * (* metaphorically speaking, of course!) I never cease to be amazed at how many incorrect, poorly worded, illegal and out of date Privacy Notices I see on company websites.   Because I’m a bit of a geek – if I’m thinking of buying from, or using the services of, a company and I get all the other good vibes and attractive buying signals from their

Why Use Data Protection Consultants?

Posted by Tim Musson on September 7, 2018
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How Can Data Protection Consultancy Services Reduce your Overhead? Why would you use a data protection consultant?  The simple answer is because you want to comply with the legislation but don’t know where to start.  Let’s explore this a bit further. You probably know that recent changes to data protection law have massively increased potential financial penalties for compliance breaches and that public awareness has also increased, resulting in more complaints to the ICO (the

What about photography at events?

Posted by Tim Musson on August 21, 2018
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What are the GDPR consent issues for photographers and event managers? There’s a few… Let’s look at an example.  I recently attended a business networking event where the organisers were displaying this notice on some of the tables.  This is typical of the sort of response to the GDPR which is bringing it into disrepute. Clearly there was an attempt here to be light-hearted, but this has to be an example of how not to

Is the GDPR being enforced?

Posted by Tim Musson on August 13, 2018
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After all the noise about massive GDPR penalties it might look as if the GDPR isn’t being enforced in the UK.  All the fines currently issued by the ICO are still based on the old legislation – the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations, with a maximum penalty of £500,000.  Most ICO investigations, especially those which result in a fine, take upwards of 6 months, and often more than a

Some Thoughts on Brexit and the GDPR

Posted by Tim Musson on June 27, 2016
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How will Brexit impact on data protection, specifically the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?  The details are very unclear and will probably remain so for some months.  However there are some things which are fairly clear. Short Term At the moment the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) is still in force and will be until 25th May 2018. The GDPR will be enforced across the EU and beyond from 25th May 2018.  At this time

Get Ready for the GDPR

Posted by Tim Musson on April 27, 2016
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On the 14th April, after four years of argument and huge amounts of lobbying, the European Parliament passed the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  While this doesn’t change the basic principles of Data Protection it will have a major impact on compliance: how it is achieved and how it is enforced. Our current data protection regime in the UK is based on the Data Protection Act (DPA), which was passed in 1998 and is the

Ransomware – taking your data hostage

Posted by Tim Musson on March 19, 2016
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Recently there has been a huge increase in the number of organisations which have suffered a ransomware attack. What is ransomware? It is malware which encrypts all files on your computer and any network drives it can access, so that these files cannot be used: this may well be all of your data. A message is displayed on your screen saying that if you pay a ‘ransom’ (normally a specified number of bitcoins, so that

We’re a small firm, no-one will hack us…

Posted by Tim Musson on July 28, 2014
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We’ve been hacked, but it is only a list of names and email addresses, nothing too sensitive. How many times have I heard this? Let’s think for a moment about how phishing works. You receive an email apparently from a well-known bank, asking you to update your details.  Perhaps you don’t have an account with this bank so you feel rather smug and think you would never fall for a trick like this – after