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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...]

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...]

The GDPR: Consumer rights for your personal data

You’re probably aware of ‘consumer rights’: they are the rules organisations need to follow to stop customers from being exploited. The specifics vary between laws, but they almost always include the rights to remain safe, informed and to lodge complaints. Though essential, these rights don’t reflect the way consumer culture has evolved in recent years. Goods and services are now often exchanged … [Read more...]

Certified GDPR Training launched in Limerick – book your place today!

Many organisations are struggling to fill a skills gap created by the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and need staff with knowledge of the Regulation. One way to fill this gap is to build on the knowledge of existing staff through training. IT Governance Europe runs two levels of GDPR training courses across Ireland to train staff on the Regulation, giving them the knowledge required … [Read more...]

How hotels should prepare for the GDPR

The hotel industry is one of many affected by the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the upcoming law that strengthens EU residents’ personal data rights. Employees and guests are both covered by the GDPR and, although some of the Regulation’s requirements apply equally to both sets of individuals, there are also some differences. This blog explains some of those differences, but it’s … [Read more...]

Upcoming GDPR training dates in Ireland – book your place today

The GDPR comes into force in less than two months – start preparing now! The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is fast approaching, but there is still time to start your compliance project. Learn from the experts how the Regulation will affect your organisation and how to comply on our certified GDPR Foundation and Practitioner courses. Avoid disappointment – book your place on our … [Read more...]

Is your HR department ready for the GDPR?

HR departments deal with personal data daily, so the introduction of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will have a big effect. Staff will need to follow different processes for collecting and storing personal data, and learn how to comply with individuals’ strengthened rights. For example, under the GDPR, organisations need to inform data subjects of their rights to access any … [Read more...]

Organisations in Munster lag behind on GDPR compliance compared to the rest of Ireland

Over the past three weeks, Ireland’s Small Firms Association carried out a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) readiness survey of small businesses throughout the country. Just 28% of Munster respondents have already made their preparations for the GDPR, compared with 39% at a national level. 56% have started preparations, compared with 45% countrywide. No company in any region identified … [Read more...]