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British Airways hit with a Potential £183M Fine for GDPR Data Breach

Posted: 10 July 2019

So here we are. At that juncture which we have all be expecting, where warning and preparation meet reality. The GDPR has delivered intention of its first astronomical penalty value, with British Airways in its cross-hairs, to the tune of £183 million.

After last years high-profile data breach, it was expected that British Airways would be made an example of; and what an example it is.

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Data Breaches and the GDPR - 1 Year Later

Posted: 12 June 2019

For some, it might have felt like the GDPR was a little bit of an anti-climax. Relative hysteria in the build up to May 2018 has not led to the end of marketing departments, mass administration of fined companies or denial of service by DPIA's.

Instead, in the 12 months since its enforcement, all has been a little quiet.

Or has it?

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Does GDPR Require Double Opt-in Consent?

Posted: 08 August 2018

It is both curious and comical to me how certain topics surrounding the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) seem to generate more buzz than others, whether they are correct or not. Such as the topic of consent being the only form of lawful processing, the overriding right to be forgotten in any circumstance and the belief that all forms of outbound marketing have been confined to history.

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5 Tips on How to Write a GDPR Ready Privacy Policy

Posted: 20 June 2018

In the scramble of the final days leading up to the 25th of May 2018, Google crawl bots would have noticed universal updates taking place across the internet. Privacy policies for an unquantifiable number of organisations and companies were being adapted to fit the GDPR.

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Exercising Your Legitimate Interests with the GDPR

Posted: 16 May 2018

By now you have probably learned that the processing of personal data does not always require an act of consent. Whilst much of the internet is obsessing over consent, re-consent and double opt-in consent, you have correctly discovered that it is not the only way to legally process personal data.

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MailChimp and the Curse of the GDPR

Posted: 03 May 2018

Marketing automation solutions have come along way in the past five years. Once used for mass emailing, now expanded to include an array of interactivity features such as blogs, landing pages and pop-ups, all to enrich the process of inbound marketing. But as the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) enforcement data looms nigh, how ready are the likes of MailChimp? and what do you need to know as their data controller?

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5 GDPR Things to Consider for your MSSP Offering

Posted: 05 April 2018

Like many an industry trend before, MSSP (Managed Security Service Provider) appears to be trending among IT teams and security practitioners alike; embracing the cloud and hosting technologies to relieve the burden of ownership and maintenance, retain security practices and benefit from subscription models of service.

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5 Last Minute Steps to GDPR Readiness

Posted: 21 March 2018

With less than 100 days to go until the enforcement of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and the relevance of this blog post on a short time span, a certain level of panic may begin to consume those who have only just started to take this subject seriously.

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GDPR: Seek re-consent or burn your contacts database, really?

Posted: 07 March 2018

So, you've been told that you need to destroy your prized contacts database unless you can prove that you have consent to process the personal data of those that you store. Maybe you can send out communication asking those contacts to re-consent... but how many would? And what about the problems which Honda incurred by doing this?

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Lead Acquisition at Events, GDPR Style

Posted: 28 February 2018

I am certain that there is likely to be nobody reading this blog who has never been to a trade fair or industry event. Huge gatherings of like-minded individuals, peers or even just the curious jostle past one another, between extravagant stands paid for vendors promoting their wares.

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What to do when you receive a "Withdrawal of Consent" under the GDPR

Posted: 14 February 2018

The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is a complex beast, of which there seems to be an endless supply of regurgitated information online, in print and at various events. What is lacking however is practical information on how to handle its requirements operationally.

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What GDPR lessons can we learn from the Uber data breach?

Posted: 24 January 2018

Uber, the world's most famous disruptor of the taxi industry has never been short of controversy. Whether it be accusations of poor employment practices, sexual harassment at HQ or their never ending legal duels with various city councils, the workload for Uber’s public relations department is certainly colourful to say the least.

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Everything You Need to Know About CCTV and the GDPR

Posted: 08 January 2018

'The devil is in the detail' is a phrase which comes to mind when speaking about the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). The obvious topics surrounding the application of the regulation's articles have been extensively discussed, leaving behind those tricky and often overlooked details.

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Do you know what "The Right to Forget" in GDPR terms really means?

Posted: 03 January 2018

Wherever there exists a conversation about the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), you can guarantee a handful of infamous topics are covered. The scaremonger worthy administrative penalties, the notion of consent being the lawfulness to rule all others and the Lord Lucan of rights, the right to forgotten.

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5 Ways the GDPR will Affect VAR Sales People

Posted: 22 November 2017

Much like the fable of the Emperor's New Clothes, there is much talk of the GDPR but little with any real substance. You have no doubt been told of the potential fines and heard of the right to be forgotten but how does the GDPR actually affect the IT security channel operationally? Rather than walking into 2018 wearing nothing, like the ill-fated Emperor in the tale. We interviewed Infinigate UK Sales Manager, Mike Tye, for his opinion on the operational challenges which he expects value-added resellers to witness as a result of the GDPR.

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Will purchasing contact data lists become illegal under GDPR?

Posted: 08 November 2017

In the pursuit of writing about the practical application of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) rather than reciting the contents of the freely available regulation document, I am writing this blog to answer a commonly asked question regarding the purchasing of marketing contact lists post May 2018.

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7 GDPR Opportunities for the IT Security Channel

Posted: 18 October 2017

As far as titles go, this one will likely prove divisive. On one hand, there are a plethora of IT security solution and service providers who are keen and hungry for the opportunity to work with customers on their preparations for the GDPR. On the other, doubt is sowed by those who question the ability of anyone who claims to know anything about the GDPR, simply because there is nobody with experience in application of a regulation which yet to come into force.

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GDPR Challenge Number 1: Where to Begin?

Posted: 07 September 2017

Without much hesitation, I am certain that my experience of the past eighteen months has been similar to others. Attending and consuming countless GDPR focused conferences, webinars, panel discussions, blog posts and webinars in an effort to strengthen my own grasp of the topic and to trade suggestions on real-life application with peers. There is much to gain from such occasions.

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The UK Data Protection Bill 2017 vs. The GDPR

Posted: 17 August 2017

It's almost six months until the implementation date of the European GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and the UK begins its journey toward the club's exit door. The release of the DPB (Data Protection Bill 2017) has confirmed the UK's position on how it plans to remain tied, yet distinct from its European neighbours.

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Navigating the GDPR Seas of Third-Party Processing

Posted: 06 July 2017

If the GDPR were a sea, it would be vast, confusing and in some places its shallow rocky geography would threaten metaphorical ships with disaster. Guidance for any would-be captain is plentiful; just searching for the term ‘GDPR’ in Google yields hundreds of thousands of results. From the basics of learning your portside and starboard to the more practical of how to protect your vessel from the supervisory authority’s arsenal, much is covered. That is with the exception of working with third-parties and most importantly, cross-border processing, something which is a normal aspect of business today, irrespective of size. This darker corner of the regulatory map is less often explored and must begin with identifying who is wearing the hat of the data controller and the data processor.

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According to the GDPR, it is In Force Already

Posted: 04 April 2017

We have all been conditioned to fear the arrival of May 2018. Hell-fire, brimstone and a newly powerful Information Commissioners Office (ICO) will rain administrative fines from the skies. Yet, for those who have summoned the ability to stay awake long enough to brave the final pages of the regulation, article 99 suggests its implementation date is less clear than originally thought.

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GDPR Myths and Monsters

Posted: 23 March 2017

Everybody has heard of fake news. Any politician worthy of their claim to modernity has dispensed the term as a battle cry against challenging forces. Bias, misunderstanding, spin, bending the truth are just some of the linguistic aliases which sit on a sliding scale of innocent mistake to concocted falseness.

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GDPR and the DPO: Five Things to Know About Your Next Job Vacancy

Posted: 24 February 2017

If the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), the EUs data protection harmonisation project, was to become a Hollywood movie, its genre would most likely be horror. Focus on the regulation over the past twelve months has been mostly aimed toward its penalties, with scare stories in no short supply.

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The Great GDPR Sale

Posted: 23 January 2017

If I had earned £1 for every time I was asked “which IT security solutions help with the incoming GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)?” I would be able to purchase every possible solution myself. Only that would still fail to answer the question because it’s just not that simple. Nothing ever is.

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The GDPR and it's Perpetual Time Stress Torture

Posted: 07 December 2016

Ever since the invention of the sundial, nothing has haunted humanity more than a lack of time. Mans curse to bear forever since is to periodically mutter the phrase "there's not enough hours in the day" in the hope the planet may spin a little slower and grant us our wish. It hasn't worked yet.

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