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DPC launches investigation into Google Ireland

Ireland’s DPC (Data Protection Commission) has launched a statutory enquiry into how Google Ireland processes data for the purpose of advertising.  The probe is the result of a number of submissions to the DPC, including those made by Dr Johnny Ryan, Chief Policy & Industry Relations Officer for Brave, a privacy-focused web browser.   Dr Ryan’s submissions reveal that Google’s … [Read more...]

IT Governance Europe to speak about the GDPR, and transfers post-Brexit at Refresh Boyne event

Alice Turley, a GDPR consultant at IT Governance Europe, will take to the stage at the next Refresh Boyne event in Drogheda to talk about the impact of the GDPR one year on and how organisations can adequately protect their data transfers post-Brexit.   Alice, who is a qualified data protection, compliance and … [Read more...]

3 GDPR compliance mistakes and how to avoid them

The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) has been in effect for almost a year, but its compliance requirements are still subject to a lot of confusion. Many organisations aren’t sure exactly what they’re supposed to be doing, and even more worryingly, some are working under false assumptions.  If you fall into either of those … [Read more...]

Have experts been giving us bad advice for creating passwords?

For all the complexities of information security, the biggest vulnerability is an issue that seems easy to fix: poor passwords. The 2018 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report found that password-cracking played a part in 81% of data breaches.  That’s not a surprise when so many of us exercise dire password … [Read more...]

What are the 6 data protection principles of the GDPR?

A version of this blog was originally published 31 January 2018.  The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) outlines six principles that organisations must follow when collecting, processing and storing individuals’ personal data. Data controllers are responsible for complying with those principles, and they must have documented proof of how the organisation is meeting … [Read more...]

10 steps to GDPR compliance: How prepared are you?

This blog has been updated to reflect industry changes. Originally published 16 October 2017.  It’s not too late to comply with the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). The Regulation might have come into effect last year, but it’s requirements need to be regularly reviewed. As such, it doesn’t matter what your compliance posture was six months or a year … [Read more...]

Online anonymity has allowed cyber crime to thrive

Online anonymity is a complicated topic. There’s no doubt that the elasticity it gives our identities is a massive benefit. We can explore different sides of our personality without affecting the reputation of any other part of us. Unfortunately, that’s also proven to bring out the worst in some of us, with people committing acts online that they would never do in person. Cyber bullying and mob … [Read more...]