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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...]

Don’t believe everything you hear about the GDPR

The truth is out there, but so is a lot of misinformation. Let’s take a look at a few myths and misconceptions that you might encounter in the last minute rush to achieve compliance. … [Read more...]

Pseudonymisation is the GDPR’s “escape hatch”

If you’ve been reading about the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), you probably know that massive changes to the way organisations collect personal data will soon be made. The days of stashing away as much data as possible and using it as and when the need arises are gone, as the Regulation mandates that information can only be collected if it meets certain lawful bases. But this … [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 challenges facing companies in the lead up to GDPR – A consultant’s perspective

Sharon O’Reilly, GRC/GDPR consultant at IT Governance Europe, was interviewed by The Sunday Business Post before her appearance today at the GDPR Summit. She discussed the challenges facing organisations in the lead up to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  According to Sharon, these challenges include:  Finding/sourcing the right people to drive compliance programmes;  Determining … [Read more...]

What you need to know about Ireland’s newly published 2018 Data Protection Bill

The Irish government has published its highly anticipated 2018 Data Protection Bill. The Bill, which broadly follows the general scheme released in May 2017, incorporates Ireland’s national implementing measures required under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as well as a new regulatory framework for enforcing data protection laws in Ireland. What you need to know: > The “digital … [Read more...]