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GDPR non-compliance costs data analytics company €220,000

Bisnode, a Swedish data analytics company with a base in Poland, has been hit with a €220,000 (PLN 944,470) fine from Poland’s data protection authority, UODO. The fine was issued after Bisnode failed to inform millions of people that it was processing their data, denying them the opportunity to object to the processing, and the right to rectification or erasure of their details, as noted in … [Read more...]

Highlights from the Data Protection Commission’s first annual GDPR report

This week, the DPC (Data Protection Commission) published its first annual report under the GDPR covering the period 25 May to 31 December 2018. The report highlights a number of interesting statistics and year-on-year comparisons, most notably:   2,864 complaints received, bringing the total for 2018 to 4,113 complaints – a 56% increase on … [Read more...]

Facebook under investigation by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner

Last Friday, Facebook announced that it has uncovered a bug that may have affect up to 6.8 million of its members. This bug gave third-party apps access to more users’ photos than they originally thought. The bug was found in software that used Facebook’s login to grant third-party apps access to a user’s photos on the platform. This bug was active for 12 days between 13 and 25 … [Read more...]

3 cyber security threats you need to prepare for

The key to reducing the damage that data breaches can cause is to spot them quickly. Ponemon Institute’s 2018 Cost of a Data Breach Study found that, on average, organisations that identified a breach within 100 days saved more than $1 million (€880,000) per incident. But to be able to spot a data breach you need to know what to look for. In this blog, we break down five common causes of data … [Read more...]

6 ways your organisation can suffer a data breach

Data breaches aren’t only the result of crooks breaking into organisations’ systems and stealing files. They occur whenever sensitive information is accidentally or unlawfully destroyed, lost, altered, disclosed or accessed. This blog explains how each of the scenarios might take place and provides advice for staying secure. Cyber attack Let’s get the obvious one out of the way. Crooks can … [Read more...]

How to tackle the most common causes of data breaches

Data breaches have serious financial and reputational consequences, but the faster you respond to an incident, the less severe the damage will be. In order to respond promptly, organisations need to understand and prepare for the threats they are most likely to face. These typically fall into two categories. The first, external threats, refers to breaches caused by cyber criminals or third … [Read more...]

The GDPR: When do schools need to report data breaches?

As you should by now be aware, all organisations that process EU residents’ personal data must comply with the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). The Regulation intends to unify data protection requirements among EU member states and give individuals more control over the ways their data is used. As a result, the rules for processing personal data have become a lot stricter. This has … [Read more...]

Portuguese hospital appeals GDPR fine

A Portuguese hospital is preparing a legal challenge to appeal two fines totalling €400,000 levied under the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). at the Centro Hospitalar Barreiro Montijo (CHBM) were raised in April 2018 when the Sindicato dos Médicos da Zona Sul (Medical Workers Union of the Southern Zone) reported that non-clinical staff were using ‘medical’ profiles to access CHBM’s … [Read more...]

Why you should still be concerned about the GDPR

The compliance deadline for the EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) passed six months ago, on 25 May 2018, but its influence is only just starting to take hold. Several experts, including European Data Protection Supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli, have predicted that the first round of fines will be levied in the coming weeks. Buttarelli told Reuters that supervisory authorities have been … [Read more...]

“How can we prevent data breaches?” The questions your board should be asking

Even though your IT department will do much of the work regarding information security, your board is ultimately responsible for preventing data breaches and other disruptions. Top management must therefore work with staff to make sure everyone is taking the necessary steps. Of course, this is easier said than done. Most board members aren’t information security experts, and the subject is so vast … [Read more...]