GDPR Fully Explained

GDPR Fully Explained

With the European Union’s passage of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the practice of data regulation moved out of its infancy. The GDPR is the first wide-reaching piece of unified data and privacy policy in the world, and as such, it is set to heavily influence a plethora of policies that are set to follow in its wake. But apart from the occasional headline about FAANG companies tussling with the new legislation, the practical impact of GDPR remains frustratingly obscure. If you’re a stakeholder in a small-to-medium enterprise (SME), this is a big problem. Unlike Google and Facebook, SME’s are unlikely to have a bottomless legal budget to contest being found in violation of the GDPR, and so for them, data compliance over the next five to ten years can easily become a question of business survival. This guide is a starting point for understanding the implications GDPR has for these businesses. We will examine the document, chapter by chapter, to summarize its content and analyze the practical consequences it holds for businesses that want to be compliant. Read on for a primer on all thing GDPR:

Continue reading “GDPR Fully Explained”

Data Security: 4 Ways Your Team Can Do Better

Data Security: 4 Ways Your Team Can Do Better

With all the breathless news coverage of high profile data breaches in recent years, one could be forgiven for thinking data heists are always the result of sophisticated efforts by devious hackers in far-off lands. But the reality is much more plain. According to a recent study by Securis, 25% of data breaches are caused by simple employee error. So if your team is spending all its time trying to anticipate black swan events, it can overlook the everyday safeguards necessary to keep its data secure in a fast moving business environment. In some jurisdictions such as Europe, the day-to-day management of an organization’s data security processes must be overseen by a designated Data Protection Officer. But whether you’re a large organization operating in GDPR territory, or an SME preparing for greater data regulation such as in the US with California Privacy Law (CCPA) in January 2020, below are 4 actionable steps your team can take to do the basics right:

Continue reading “Data Security: 4 Ways Your Team Can Do Better”

4 Key Considerations For Ethical, Compliant Data Processing

4 Key Considerations For Ethical, Compliant Data Processing

If one were to chart the most important developments in the business landscape over the last 20 years, top of the list would surely be the growth of consumer data as a precious resource. Never before have companies had access to such powerful stores of business intelligence, and never before have they had such a pressing responsibility to manage that resource carefully. In 2019, data management is very commonly the difference between success and failure, and the disastrous consequences of mismanagement can impact both the company in question and the consumers that trusted the company to protect their information. Continue reading “4 Key Considerations For Ethical, Compliant Data Processing”