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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...]

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...]

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...]

Possible breach at INM threatening ‘the very core’ of investigative journalism

The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (ODPC) has claimed that data relating to former and current staff at Independent News & Media (INM), including four journalists and former directors, has been breached. The Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE) was concerned that data was removed from the organisation’s premises in October 2014, and subsequently taken out of the … [Read more...]

The GDPR: It’s not too late to achieve compliance

If you’ve recently found out that you need to comply with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and all you’ve been hearing about it since are the monumental fines that non-compliance will bring, you might be panicking. But it’s not too late. For one, the rumours of supervisory authorities’ desire to discipline organisations has been greatly exaggerated. It’s also not as if you can’t … [Read more...]

6 reasons why software is becoming more vulnerable to cyber attacks

“Is today’s software more vulnerable?” asks the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA). This question was posed shortly after researchers uncovered potentially industry-wide vulnerabilities in 4G LTE protocol, an incident that is far from exceptional. The National Vulnerability Database and the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures database both recorded more than 6,000 … [Read more...]