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Governments increasingly eye social media meltdown

These are trying times for social networks, with endless reports of harassment and abuse not being tackled and many users leaving platforms forever. The major sites such as Facebook and Twitter do what they can, but sheer userbase volume and erroneous automated feedback leave people cold. Bugs such as potentially sharing location data when users enable it alongside other accounts on the same phone … [Read more...]

The not-so-definitive guide to cybersecurity and data privacy laws

US cybersecurity and data privacy laws are, to put it lightly, a mess. Years of piecemeal legislation, Supreme Court decisions, and government surveillance crises, along with repeated corporate failures to protect user data, have created a legal landscape that is, for the American public and American businesses, confusing, complicated, and downright annoying. Businesses are expected to comply with … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

The GDPR: Understanding the 6 data protection principles

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) outlines six data protection principles that organisations need to follow when collecting, processing and storing individuals’ personal data. The data controller is responsible for meeting the principles and must be able to demonstrate the organisation’s compliance practices. We’ve listed the six principles here with advice on how you can follow … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]