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The DPO role and why you should consider outsourcing it

Under the EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), which came into force on 25 May 2018, certain organisations are required to appoint a DPO (data protection officer). An organisation is required to appoint a designated DPO where it is a public authority or body, or where its core activities consist of either: Data processing operations that require regular and systematic monitoring of data … [Read more...]

Could your supply chain derail your GDPR compliance efforts?

Last week we reported on the Ticketmaster breach, which might have affected Irish customers. This breach was caused by malicious software located on a customer support product hosted by an external third-party supplier, Inbenta Technologies. Since the breach was announced by Ticketmaster on 23 June, it has emerged that the company may have been warned about the breach as far back as April, … [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...]

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...]

Ticketmaster Ireland informs customers of a possible data breach

Ticketmaster Ireland has informed customers about a potential data breach that may have compromised their personal and payment details. Users who purchased tickets from the site between February and June of this year may be affected. “On Saturday, June 23, 2018, Ticketmaster UK identified malicious software on a customer support product hosted by Inbenta Technologies, an external third-party … [Read more...]

How to maintain GDPR compliance when using Google Analytics

News coverage of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has eased since it took effect on 25 May 2018, but that’s no indication of organisations’ level of compliance. Many are still struggling to understand the GDPR, and looking for advice wherever they can get it.  Webmasters are among those most in need of help. They process a lot of personal information, and often rely on third … [Read more...]

How to register a DPO in Ireland

Under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into force on 25 May 2018, certain organisations are required to appoint a data protection officer (DPO). These organisations must register the details of their DPO with their relevant supervisory authority. Registering a DPO in Ireland In Ireland, the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) has released an online … [Read more...]

Non-EU organisations block European traffic to avoid GDPR obligations

As well as applying to all organisations in the EU that process personal data, the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) applies to non-EU organisations that offer goods and services to, or monitor the behaviour of, EU residents. However, numerous organisations outside the EU have simply opted to block EU traffic to their websites rather than comply with the new law. TechCrunch reported on 25 … [Read more...]

The GDPR has arrived – is your organisation compliant?

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been in effect for almost four weeks now – are you compliant, still working towards compliance or unsure of where to start? Compliance is not optional, and will be or already was a lengthy process for many organisations. Prioritising the areas where a lack of action leaves your organisation most exposed is important. With our extensive knowledge … [Read more...]

5.9 million payment cards compromised in Dixons Carphone Breach

Dixons Carphone has admitted to a major data breach involving 5.9 million payment cards and 1.2 million personal data records. The incident began in July 2017, when attackers attempted to compromise payment cards in Curry’s PC World and Dixons Travel’s processing system. In a second breach, the names, addresses and email addresses of 1.2 million customers were accessed. Dixons Carphone’s chief … [Read more...]