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Business as Usual for GDPR Compliance Despite Brexit

by Ross Dyer

All over the UK people woke up this morning to something many thought would not happen: Britain voting to leave the European Union. It will take years and possibly even decades before we fully appreciate the repercussions. But from a data protection and privacy perspective, little in reality will change. The UK can’t afford to let its digital economy be locked out of Europe, which is why the government is likely to enforce laws on a par with the forthcoming European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The message is clear for UK IT security bosses: stay on the path towards GDPR compliance. Continue reading

What we Can Learn from Yet Another Government Data Breach

by Ross Dyer

One of the curious side effects of working in the information security industry for any length of time is that, after a while, the same stories start coming round again and again. So it was last week when the government admitted that two discs full of data related to three highly sensitive police inquiries had got lost in the post. For those with long memories, the echoes of 2007 – when the personal details of 25 million Britons went missing in similar circumstances – are telling. So let’s remind ourselves again of the importance of good data handling practice and what we should all be doing to minimise the risk of a damaging breach. Continue reading

Is it Time to Revisit Your Online Privacy Policies?

by Ross Dyer

A recent study by Deloitte found that nearly half of Brits don’t read the privacy policies of the websites they visit. No surprises there, you might think. Yet if that stat is true, online businesses are missing out by failing to go beyond a mere tick-box compliance approach to data protection. There are lessons to be learned here; those who take a more proactive stance are likely to find themselves reaping considerable business benefits. Continue reading