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Are you ready for a data breach?

A new report has suggested that most SMEs (small and medium enterprises) don’t have anywhere near the estimated €102,000 it costs to respond to a data breach. InsuranceBee’s survey found that 83% of respondents had no money reserved to get back to normal following a cyber security incident, and 25% were unaware that that it would even cost money to put things right.   Breaches are … [Read more...]

43% of people plan to remove their personal data from social media

If you look someone up on Facebook or LinkedIn, you’ll be able to gather huge amounts of information about them without them ever knowing. Until recently, nobody seemed to think about the risks involved; it was just the way things were, and if you didn’t get on board, you were left out from a whole virtual world.  But thanks to the recent Facebook data scandal and the introduction of the EU GDPR … [Read more...]

Who requires a DPO?

As of 25 May 2018, the EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is the primary piece of legislation governing data protection. The requirement for Irish organisations to register their data processing activities with the DPC (Data Protection Commission), which existed under the previous regime, no longer applies. However, under the GDPR, certain organisations are required to appoint a DPO … [Read more...]

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...]