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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...]

Free webinar: First steps to GDPR compliance

The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) has significantly reshaped the data protection landscape for organisations worldwide that collect and process EU residents’ personal data. The Regulation imposes fines of up to 4% of annual global turnover or €20 million (whichever is greater) for non-compliance.  Data breaches are on the rise and affecting Irish organisations such as Eir, which … [Read more...]

Is it legal for organisations to request your date of birth?

When you sign up for an online service, you’re often asked to provide personal details. Usually, you won’t have a problem with this: an organisation obviously needs your name and email address to contact you. But when they start asking for seemingly unnecessary information, you might get concerned. Why do you need to give your date of birth when downloading a green paper? Or to create an account … [Read more...]

How effective are the GDPR’s rules on the age of consent?

If you’ve ever used an online service that requires age confirmation, you’re probably aware of how inadequate the restrictions usually are. All you’re asked to do is check a box or provide your date of birth. There’s no evidence required, and no one will follow up to make sure you were telling the truth.  Until recently, there were no signs that anybody was particularly bothered by these lax … [Read more...]

Get #BreachReady before you get burnt!

Just because everyone else is on holiday, doesn’t mean cyber attackers are. Protect yourself from the financial penalties and losses associated with data breaches with our fixed-price, tailored services. What’s more, when reporting the breach you’ll need to explain how it could have been avoided – a sticky situation you won’t relish. You can’t prevent a cyber attack from the beach, so get ready … [Read more...]

Why you should be worried about your partners’ GDPR compliance posture

The EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) came into effect three months ago, and a lot of organisations are starting to feel happy about their compliance posture. They are less happy, however, with the practices of their suppliers and service providers.  Under the GDPR, organisations must ensure that personal information that they’ve obtained remains secure – even when it is shared with … [Read more...]

How to respond to a data breach

Under the EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), organisations must report personal data breaches to their supervisory authority within 72 hours of discovering or becoming aware of it. You might think that’s an impossibly short deadline, but don’t fear, you’re not expected to provide a comprehensive report at this stage. The process is simply to ensure that organisations are aware of … [Read more...]

Finding the right candidate to be your DPO

Complying with the EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is mostly about hard work and organisation, but there’s also a little bit of luck involved – at least when it comes to appointing a DPO (data protection officer). The position, which is mandatory for many organisations under the GDPR, has caused a massive spike in demand for data protection experts. Unless the perfect candidate falls … [Read more...]

IT Governance offers GDPR training courses across Europe

With the EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) now in effect and organisations desperate for experts, IT Governance is pleased to announce that it will be running 91 GDPR training courses across Europe over the next year.  Whether you’re interested in our Foundation or Practitioner training course, we hope we’re able to bring our expertise to a location near you.  Certified EU GDPR … [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...]