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43% of people plan to remove their personal data from social media

If you look someone up on Facebook or LinkedIn, you’ll be able to gather huge amounts of information about them without them ever knowing. Until recently, nobody seemed to think about the risks involved; it was just the way things were, and if you didn’t get on board, you were left out from a whole virtual world.  But thanks to the recent Facebook data scandal and the introduction of the EU GDPR … [Read more...]

Free webinar: First steps to GDPR compliance

The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) has significantly reshaped the data protection landscape for organisations worldwide that collect and process EU residents’ personal data. The Regulation imposes fines of up to 4% of annual global turnover or €20 million (whichever is greater) for non-compliance.  Data breaches are on the rise and affecting Irish organisations such as Eir, which … [Read more...]

Cork City Council, Park by Phone service breached

More than 5,000 people have been affected by a data breach of Cork City Council’s Park by Phone service. Although the reported breach occurred last Thursday and the relevant authorities were notified on Friday, it has come to light that the breach first occurred in May. Personal details such as car registration numbers, email addresses and mobile phone numbers have been compromised, but no … [Read more...]

37,000 Eir customers affected by data breach

Eir, one of Ireland’s leading telecoms companies, announced last week that personal details of up to 37,000 customers were affected by a data breach. The company said that an unencrypted laptop was stolen on 12 August, containing customer and employee personal details, including names, email addresses and customer numbers. No financial details had been breached. According to Eir, the theft … [Read more...]

Get #BreachReady before you get burnt!

Just because everyone else is on holiday, doesn’t mean cyber attackers are. Protect yourself from the financial penalties and losses associated with data breaches with our fixed-price, tailored services. What’s more, when reporting the breach you’ll need to explain how it could have been avoided – a sticky situation you won’t relish. You can’t prevent a cyber attack from the beach, so get ready … [Read more...]

Two thirds of organisations aren’t GDPR-compliant

A survey has revealed that organisations across Europe still aren’t compliant with the EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), even though the Regulation came into effect three months ago.  Only 34.5% of respondents to Deloitte’s study said they could demonstrate compliance with the GDPR. Another 32.7% hope to be ready by the end of 2018, and 11.7% said they are taking a ‘wait-and-see’ … [Read more...]

How to respond to a data breach

Under the EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), organisations must report personal data breaches to their supervisory authority within 72 hours of discovering or becoming aware of it. You might think that’s an impossibly short deadline, but don’t fear, you’re not expected to provide a comprehensive report at this stage. The process is simply to ensure that organisations are aware of … [Read more...]

Are you #BreachReady?

It seems like we hear about yet another data breach on a daily basis, with recognised companies such as Ticketmaster and Dixons Carphone – to name but a few – suffering at the hands of criminal hackers. If you think it only happens to large organisations, think again Since the EU’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) came into effect in May, the DPC (Data Protection Commissioner) has dealt … [Read more...]

Finding the right candidate to be your DPO

Complying with the EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is mostly about hard work and organisation, but there’s also a little bit of luck involved – at least when it comes to appointing a DPO (data protection officer). The position, which is mandatory for many organisations under the GDPR, has caused a massive spike in demand for data protection experts. Unless the perfect candidate falls … [Read more...]

Who requires a DPO?

As of 25 May 2018, the EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is the primary piece of legislation governing data protection. The requirement for Irish organisations to register their data processing activities with the DPC (Data Protection Commission), which existed under the previous regime, no longer applies. However, under the GDPR, certain organisations are required to appoint a DPO … [Read more...]