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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...]

Irish government proposes cyber safety education in schools

An Oireachtas committee released a report calling for primary and post-primary schools in Ireland to introduce cyber safety to their curriculums. It adds that schools should: Appoint digital safety ambassadors, who would help students who have concerns about their cyber safety and security; Encourage and accommodate peer-to-peer workshops on cyber safety; and Have children host education and … [Read more...]

Cork firms lag in their GDPR preparations

According to the findings of Cork-based solicitor firm JW O’Donovan, around 70% of Cork-based businesses are unprepared for the incoming EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR However, there is no need to panic – there is still time to start your compliance project. IT Governance Europe, now a member of the Cork Chamber of Commerce, will be running its Certified GDPR Foundation … [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...]

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...]

3 GDPR compliance traps to watch out for

Anyone in the process of complying with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will know that it’s hard work. Misinterpreting the GDPR can cause organisations to waste time and effort on ineffective measures, and unless they spot their mistake, they could be subject to disciplinary action. This blog outlines some of the mistakes organisations make when preparing for the GDPR, and … [Read more...]