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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...]

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...]

Ireland’s data watchdog deals with 1,300 GDPR queries

Since the enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on 25 May 2018, Ireland’s data watchdog has dealt with 1,300 GDPR queries, and 60 data breaches have been logged by organisations. The watchdog began receiving the first complaints when the law was implemented last month, and has also begun to receive notifications from organisations about possible data breaches. Most of these … [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...]