Category: Data Protection

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Interview With the Privacy Professor Rebecca Herold

2018 privacy hero of the year, Tara Taubman-Bassirian, discusses the EU GDPR, the increasing need for protecting privacy in the increasingly technology-rich environment, and some activities for Data Privacy Day on January 28, 2019. What are the benefits of GDPR? Where can it be improved upon? What do companies struggle with most for GDPR compliance? What is a “hot potato” GDPR issue? How are binding corporate rules (BCRs) used for non-adequate countries? How has Brexit impacted GDPR compliance? Why does privacy matter? What are the current largest threats to privacy? What are some activities for Data Privacy Day? Hear Tara discuss these topics, and more, with Rebecca.

WOMEN IN CYBER! Brexit no Deal

Cybertalks publish WOMEN IN CYBER! Tara Taubman-Bassirian is interviewed about Brexit and the UK data Protection.

Interview with DataGrail

Interview Series: Tara Taubman Bassirian, Data Protection and IP Consultant at Data Rainbow

UK Watchdog Investigation of British Airways and Marriott Hotels Security Breaches

Following an incident reported to the ICO in September 2018, the Information Commissioners Office (ICO), the UK’s data protection supervisory authority, investigated and uncovered that the personal data of up to 500,000 BA customers had been unlawfully accessed. The BA’s website had been diverted to a dummy site where customer details were harvested by hackers. Some credit cards long number and security codes had been discolosed causing serious security breaches. On 8th of July 2019, the ICO published a Notice of Intent to fine British Airways 183 million £.

Websites surreptitiously tracking and reporting on visitors

Website tracking and monetizing website visitors. What liability for web owners?

CCTV cameras and captured images

Big Brother is taking over our streets and buildings. This omniveillance has severe chilling effects on our Fundamental Rights of freedom and human dignity. We are seriously suffocating in our Panoptican society.

Consent in direct Marketing

The ICO has fined a PPI claims management company £120,000 for sending unlawful spam texts about its services.

Facebook Saga

In the land of Facebook things are getting tough. UPDATE : There is an abundance of Facebook headlines in the news and the saga continues. 2019 is going to be the year of GAFAs, will Facebook survive? the combat of lobbies is tough. Via Mario Guglielmetti : ‘the Parliament(s) of 9 countries of the world,…
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Increasing Fines Expected from German DPAs

In Germany, nationwide, fines have been issued in 41 cases because of GDPR violations. Especially small companies are apparently unprepared for the new rules.

How to Understand the GDPR Legitimate Interest

Much confusion around the concept of Legitimate Interest justifying Personal Data Processing. Worth going back to the roots.

HAPPY PRIVACY DAY @)!( !!

apps demand access to your private information such as location, contacts and text messages. How would you react if real people demanded the same?

Google Subject to the Biggest Fine Under GDPR

In what is today the biggest fine under the GDPR, the French Data Protection Authority CNIL investigated Google Android transparency in Data procession. The investigation was consecutive to two class actions filed on the 25th of May 2018. One by the Austrian NGO Non Of Your Business (NOYB), another by the French La Quadrature du Net (LQDN). This decision worth a close look.

Navigating the new EU Data Protection Rules

The General Data Protection Regulation, or “GDPR” – “Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC. – was published 4 May 2016. Enforceable after a grace period of two year, from the 28th of May 2018.

Website transparency : Cookies and privacy notice

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is not against data processing when done in respect with the data subject rights. The amount of electronically available data and curation and storage tools, justify a better protection. Privacy is a Fundamental Human Right, for dignity and freedom.

What is Protected by the GDPR ?

The General Data Protection Regulation applies to Personal Data. But do we know what exactly defines Personal Data? The UK ICO recently published a clarification document.

Why Privacy Matters

The crumbs of information left behind, get aggregated and build a picture, sometimes distorted, that follows us.

What to retain from the GDPR after BREXIT

Since the UK referendum vote for BREXIT much has been speculated about the situation of the UK with regard to compliance to the GDPR enforceable from 28 May 2018. Although they are uncertainties, the recent UK Information Commissioner speech has reinforced the opinion that UK businesses need to get ready to comply.

French CNIL’s six first month of GDPR

The CNIL investigated mobile applications using embedded software development kit (SDK) and ad biding gathering personal data even when the application is not in use. The data collection is activated by default, which is contrary to the principal of privacy by design.

After Air Canada Breach Here Comes British Airways

Hundreds of thousands lose bank details as British Airways hacked Data stolen from hundreds of thousands of British Airways customers in major breach A data breach follows a data breach. It’s not IF it’s when. Is your organisation ready to react? The New European Data Protection Regulation that entered into force on May 25 after…
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Consenting to Consent Needs Consent?

UPDATE from the European Commission : Does consent given before 25 May 2018 continue to be valid once the GDPR starts to apply on 25 May 2018? A very much timely clarification from the ICO : Myth#9 We have to get fresh consent from all our customers to comply with the GDPR. Steve Wood, Deputy Commissioner busts…
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