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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...]

Ticketmaster Ireland informs customers of a possible data breach

Ticketmaster Ireland has informed customers about a potential data breach that may have compromised their personal and payment details. Users who purchased tickets from the site between February and June of this year may be affected. “On Saturday, June 23, 2018, Ticketmaster UK identified malicious software on a customer support product hosted by Inbenta Technologies, an external third-party … [Read more...]

Auditing your GDPR compliance

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has imposed many new obligations on organisations that process EU residents’ personal data. An audit will assess whether your organisation is meeting these obligations.  However, before an external auditor assesses the measures you’ve taken to comply with the Regulation, it’s worth conducting an internal audit to review whether your controls, … [Read more...]

Gain a practical knowledge of the GDPR with our certified training

In a recent Business Post article, IT Governance founder Alan Calder explained the importance of gaining practical knowledge when learning about topics such as ISO 27001 and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Alan said: “When we are developing a course, we use our real-world experience with clients and the problems we have overcome with them. We build these qualities into our courses, … [Read more...]

3 tips for maintaining GDPR compliance

For the past year or so, cyber security experts have been asking, with increasing concern, whether you’ve complied with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) yet. Hopefully you have, but it’s important to remember that compliance isn’t a fixed state. It’s not a point you get to where you can stop and think “mission accomplished”. It’s something that needs to be achieved and maintained – … [Read more...]

Most GDPR emails are unnecessary or illegal

The majority of privacy policy emails sent by organisations in preparation for the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) were unnecessary, and some were even illegal, a number of data protection experts have said. The problem is with organisations’ interpretation of the GDPR’s consent requirements. Many believe that organisations need to obtain everybody’s consent again or else delete them … [Read more...]

The GDPR and junk mail

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...]

Top tips for writing a GDPR-compliant privacy policy

After this past week, in which your inboxes were no doubt overloaded with emails about updated privacy policies, you might want a long break from those two words. But if your organisation didn’t contribute to the plethora of privacy policy epistles, you’re going to be stuck thinking about them a little longer. Organisations are required to update their privacy policy and share it with data … [Read more...]

The GDPR is here – Save 15% on our certified training courses

After months of anticipation, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is finally here. If you are still not fully compliant, don’t worry – it’s not too late. IT Governance Europe is committed to helping organisations across Europe with their GDPR compliance projects. We offer expert advice on the Regulation and our range of products and services provides everything your company needs to … [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...]