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Norwegian study finds Google and Facebook manipulate users to share data despite GDPR

A recent study by the Norwegian government has found that Facebook and Google push users to share private information by using “invasive” and limited default options. The Norwegian Consumer Council’s Deceived By Design report suggests that the tech giants’ privacy updates clash with the new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). In a statement, the council’s director of digital services, … [Read more...]

Swedish Data Inspectorate begins first reviews under the GDPR

  The Data Inspectorate of Sweden has begun its first reviews under the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) to ascertain whether authorities and companies that are obliged to appoint a DPO (data protection officer) have done so. Those being examined operate in the private healthcare, insurance and financial sectors. Jonas Agnvall, a lawyer at the Data Inspectorate who is heading the … [Read more...]

3 tips for maintaining GDPR compliance

For the past year or so, cyber security experts have been asking, with increasing concern, whether you’ve complied with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) yet. Hopefully you have, but it’s important to remember that compliance isn’t a fixed state. It’s not a point you get to where you can stop and think “mission accomplished”. It’s something that needs to be achieved and maintained – … [Read more...]

Most GDPR emails are unnecessary or illegal

The majority of privacy policy emails sent by organisations in preparation for the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) were unnecessary, and some were even illegal, a number of data protection experts have said. The problem is with organisations’ interpretation of the GDPR’s consent requirements. Many believe that organisations need to obtain everybody’s consent again or else delete them … [Read more...]

The GDPR and junk mail

Lawmakers and journalists have made bold claims about the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) over the past few years. ‘It will mitigate the threat of cyber attacks’. ‘It will give individuals more control over their personal data’. ‘It will lead to strict punishment for poor data protection practices’. These are all true, or at least there’s ample evidence to suggest as much. But some … [Read more...]

Top tips for writing a GDPR-compliant privacy policy

After this past week, in which your inboxes were no doubt overloaded with emails about updated privacy policies, you might want a long break from those two words. But if your organisation didn’t contribute to the plethora of privacy policy epistles, you’re going to be stuck thinking about them a little longer. Organisations are required to update their privacy policy and share it with data … [Read more...]

What am I supposed to do with all these privacy policy emails?

Society doesn’t tend to agree on much, but late last week hundreds of millions of people were united by the question: “What’s with all these emails about updated privacy policies?” The flurry of messages led to many jokes and memes, but lost among the humour was the reason for this torrent of emails. It wasn’t just an amazing coincidence that every organisation you’ve ever visited updated its … [Read more...]

The GDPR: What you need to know about DPIAs

Article 35 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) introduces the concept of data protection impact assessments (DPIAs). DPIAs help organisations identify and minimise privacy risks in data processing activities. They are essential if you process any high-risk data, but they are also relevant when you are introducing a new data collection process, system or technology. An effective … [Read more...]

How to create a strong password

“My password was hacked”: it’s the go-to excuse for people who post something regrettable on social media. Numerous celebrities, famous athletes and politicians have attempted to negate scandals by framing themselves as victims of a cyber attack. Perhaps some of them were telling the truth, but they’re hardly admonishing themselves of blame by admitting to being – or pretending to be – so bad at … [Read more...]

Who is taking control of your organisation’s GDPR compliance project?

If you’re not among the organisations panicking over the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), consider yourself either lucky or well prepared. We’re not necessarily referring to sending teams of data protection experts scrambling between departments to check that processes are compliant. That, we expect, is pretty much par for the course – in fact, if all you are doing is checking, you … [Read more...]