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Teamwork is key to your organisation’s cyber security

The World Cup is almost over. What was a thoroughly enjoyable tournament included a number of unexpected results and upsets. Many people were shocked to see Germany crash out at the group stages, and very few predicted that Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar would be watching the semi-finals rather than playing in them. These footballing greats were beaten by sides in which everyone knew their roles and … [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...]

What am I supposed to do with all these privacy policy emails?

Society doesn’t tend to agree on much, but late last week hundreds of millions of people were united by the question: “What’s with all these emails about updated privacy policies?” The flurry of messages led to many jokes and memes, but lost among the humour was the reason for this torrent of emails. It wasn’t just an amazing coincidence that every organisation you’ve ever visited updated its … [Read more...]

The GDPR – health and safety for a digital age

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018, replacing existing data protection frameworks in all EU countries, including Ireland. The GDPR will not require transposition into law, so organisations involved in data processing of any sort need to be aware that it addresses them directly and that they must comply. The GDPR protects the privacy of all EU residents, … [Read more...]

The GDPR could boost blockchain-based content creation

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will have ramifications far beyond data protection, according to the founder of web content management system Zesty.io. Randy Apuzzo says that the GDPR’s emphasis on transparency could lead to a rise in blockchain-based content creation. A blockchain is a list of encrypted records that updates with changes and additions. It’s most commonly … [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...]

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...]