BREXIT – like boiled eggs

Hopefully having grabbed your attention, even if only momentarily, I’ll drop the metaphor for no other reason than I’m not sure how I can further intertwine it with Data Protection. Except to say that if the UK leaves the European Union, and depending upon how it leaves, it could well impact the way your business manages its data protection responsibilities. … Read More

Look beyond the negative – spot the opportunity!

For those businesses which hoped data privacy and the GDPR was just a momentary flash in the pan like Y2K / the Millennium Bug, there’s bad news. For unlike the transition from 1999 to 2000 data protection is not a moment in time, but an evolutionary development in society’s increasing use of data. And like any evolutionary change, some will … Read More

Marketing and Data Protection – the relationship and potential pitfalls

The use of personal data for marketing purposes has the potential to be one of the more contentious and sensitive areas of data protection. We have all heard of and perhaps experienced unwanted phone calls, texts, emails or letters from organisations we’ve never heard of or had previous dealings with. Some recipients couldn’t care less, whilst others can be very … Read More

Vulnerability Assessements

Information Security (data protection / GDPR / cyber security, call it what you will) is about managing the risks to the confidentiality, integrity or availability of the information your business relies upon to operate. And then, being able to demonstrate to your customers (or clients), suppliers and staff that you are doing the right thing to manage those risks, with … Read More

Director’s Responsibilities

Whether we like it or not, whether it’s yet fully realised by many businesses, data protection (and for that read, data security or cyber security) is here to stay. So, what are directors’ responsibilities for this emerging business issue and what are the consequences for those who fail to discharge those responsibilities. Perhaps a useful parallel is Health & Safety. … Read More

Is your business compliant? (a short handy video)

Here is a short video, which might provide a useful checklist to see if your organisation has got the key elements in place. If having watched it, you have any questions or would like us to help by reviewing the measures you have put in place, please get in touch. With the approaching first anniversary of the intorduction of the … Read More

GDPR – Just a storm in a teacup?

Statistically you haven’t dodged it at all. It’s merely that the bullet with your particular business’s name carved into it hasn’t hit yet, sorry. And again, statistically there is a greater chance that it will hit in the next year or two than it won’t. So, to misquote that phrase made famous by Clint Eastwood, “do you feel lucky?” Because … Read More

Poor old British Airways – but could your business be next?

Yet again British Airways finds itself in the news for all the wrong reasons, as Simon Calder’s article in the Independent explains. But before anyone revels in BA’s discomfort, how many other businesses have had a similar if less public experience, or how many businesses will experience something similar soon? The new data protection regime, which came into effect earlier … Read More

“The Wild West for tech companies is over”

How many of us read the Privacy Notices of the companies who we give our personal data to? Would we ever challenge that business if we thought it was a data mining exercise and they were asking for more information than appeared necessary to deliver their service to us? Consumer attitude will be vital if the misuse of our personal … Read More

The inevitable – death, taxes and cyber-crime!

A recently published article in The Register suggests more data records have been lost or stolen in the first 6 months of 2017 than were compromised in the whole of 2016! In fact its worse. The amount stolen in the first half of the year is up 38% on last year’s total. And in the league table of miscreants, the UK comes … Read More