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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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Making your MSP Offering GDPR Friendly - 4 Things to Consider

Posted: 20 March 2019

If there is one topic which most channel partners are keen to address, then it is managed security services. Keen to be more than just peddlers of security software; and wanting to provide a wider service, channel partners are faced with a bountiful marketplace of small-to-medium sized businesses who desire high-grade solutions with lesser pricing and more flexibility.

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Mighty Amazon Cut Down in Black Friday Data Breach

Posted: 28 November 2018

There are many myths surrounding the creation and naming of Black Friday, that yearly American imported shopping bonanza, which seemingly includes almost anything these days. Including, the dark web where it was reported that cyber criminal gangs were selling stolen credit card details at a limited discount.

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The Truth About Cloud Hosted Services and the GDPR

Posted: 24 October 2018

Despite it being punished under the Data Protection Act 1998, the penalty handed out to Equifax recently in reaction to their catastrophic handling of a widely reported data breach in 2017, has pushed the issue of data protection and the GDPR right back under the spotlight.

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4 Areas where the GDPR, NIS, Cyber Essentials & Minimum Cybersecurity Standard Overlap

Posted: 27 September 2018

For anyone who works in IT or compliance, you will be more than aware that the year 2018, has been seen more than its fair share of new regulations and updates to industry standards. This year alone we have seen the introduction or update of:

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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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GDPR & Personal Data in the Public Domain

Posted: 30 May 2018

The 25th May 2018 has arrived and you as a data subject have been empowered with Europe's most ambitious and forward-thinking data protection regulation to date, the GDPR. As the ultimate steward of your personal data, you now have control over its use in most scenarios making data privacy a fundamental right. But what about instances where your personal data is available publicly? Is personal data fair game, once it is in the public domain?

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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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5 Things to Know About the EU's Upcoming ePrivacy Regulation

Posted: 27 February 2018

With May 2018 within touching distance, you may think it will soon be all over. The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is taking its toll and fatigue around the topic has undoubtedly begun to set in. Yet, it is only just the beginning, as one door closes another door opens, to make way for the European Union’s ePrivacy regulation.

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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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How will GDPR affect how we use LinkedIn?

Posted: 01 November 2017

If you haven’t heard of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), quite frankly I am in envy of you. Never has there been an IT security topic so heavily covered by those who wish to show they are literate and can re-write what they have read. Astronomical fines, forbidden non-consensual communication and mighty data subjects wielding new found rights have all been covered repeatedly and tirelessly.

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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 Six Commandments of the GDPR

Posted: 29 August 2017

Otherwise known as the measuring stick by which your some of your GDPR compliance will be assessed, the six core principles of the GDPR are the basic foundations upon which the regulation was constructed. Unquestionable and pure in nature, they are somewhat rarely acknowledged for one simple reason; five of the six have no real application in helping to peddling products and solutions.

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