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How will the GDPR affect sole traders?

Almost all organisations are affected by the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), from sole traders to multinationals. But even though the GDPR intends to unify data protection rules across the EU, everyone will face different problems. We’ve covered many of the issues you’re likely to come across, but this blog focuses on how the GDPR affects sole traders. Appoint a data protection … [Read more...]

Big data organisations have given us a “crisis of confidence”

People are being manipulated by organisations that collect vast amounts of personal data, according to a report by the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS). Giovanni Butarelli, who heads the independent institution, acknowledged the benefits of being able to store and analyse huge volumes of data, but warned that current data collection practices have led to a “crisis of confidence”, with … [Read more...]

How the GDPR will affect spam

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...]

Irish government proposes cyber safety education in schools

An Oireachtas committee released a report calling for primary and post-primary schools in Ireland to introduce cyber safety to their curriculums. It adds that schools should: Appoint digital safety ambassadors, who would help students who have concerns about their cyber safety and security; Encourage and accommodate peer-to-peer workshops on cyber safety; and Have children host education and … [Read more...]

Pseudonymisation is the GDPR’s “escape hatch”

If you’ve been reading about the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), you probably know that massive changes to the way organisations collect personal data will soon be made. The days of stashing away as much data as possible and using it as and when the need arises are gone, as the Regulation mandates that information can only be collected if it meets certain lawful bases. But this … [Read more...]

How the GDPR affects loyalty programmes

Loyalty programmes and reward cards are one of the main ways retailers get people’s personal data. They have become a hallmark of the shopping experience, with customers gladly telling organisations their name, address and other information in exchange for occasional perks. However, things are about to get a lot more complicated. The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GPDR), which comes into … [Read more...]

How healthcare organisations can prepare for the GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018 – and any organisation that handles EU residents’ personal information must comply with it. This includes the private and public healthcare sectors, and affects not only medical histories – considered ‘sensitive data’ – but also personal data. Healthcare providers must ensure that they comply with the requirements of … [Read more...]

How banks should prepare for the GDPR

The financial sector is one of the more highly regulated industries, but many banks have nonetheless been thrown off by the complexity of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The Regulation, which takes effect on 25 May 2018, overhauls the way organisations handle personal data. It includes countless requirements, but this blog outlines three essential steps banks should take as soon … [Read more...]

The GDPR and the future of location-based advertising

Not so long ago, marketers believed programmatic advertising (the use of someone’s personal data to create targeted ads) was “the next big thing”, but many people now claim that the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GPDR) is the “death knell” for this practice. One of the most common forms of programmatic advertising uses geo-tracking to target adverts based on someone’s location. It’s the … [Read more...]

Article 29 Working Party appoints new chairperson

The Article 29 Working Party (WP29) has elected Andrea Jelinek, head of Austria’s data protection regulator, as its new chairperson. The WP29 is an advisory body made up of representatives from each EU member state, providing advice on data protection practices and regulatory enforcement. Jelinek will replace the CNIL’s Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, who has been instrumental in the introduction of … [Read more...]