Financial services sector likely to comply with GDPR early, reports Henley Business School

On your marksUnder Section 166, Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, the FCA has the power to order an independent “skilled persons report” that focus on specific issues that have been identified by the FCA as requiring investigation at the regulated firm.

Whilst it’s the FCA that requires the undertaking of a report by a skilled person, it’s the regulated firm being investigated that commissions it in agreement with the FCA and also and bears the cost of this report. The ‘skilled person’ will normally report directly to the FCA as well as to the firm being investigated.

Normally a skilled person’s report will focus on specific regulatory issues, such as the protection and processing of customer data and the correct policies, procedures and processes required to be implemented in ord...

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European Parliament adopt GDPR in the last hour

IJuncke gets it sortedn the last 15 minutes, the European Parliament adopted the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

In a news statement issued by the European Parliament at 1.12pm (European Time):

New EU data protection rules which aim to give citizens back control of their personal data and create a high, uniform level of data protection across the EU fit for the digital era was given their final approval by MEPs on Thursday. The reform also sets minimum standards on use of data for policing and judicial purposes.

Parliament’s vote ends more than four years of work on a complete overhaul of EU data protection rules.

The reform will replace the current data protection directive, dating back to 1995 when the internet was still in its infancy, with a general regulation designed to give citizens more...

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GDPR becomes law next week

Get Ready for GDPRThe Council of Ministers has just published its FINAL TEXT of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and its statement for reasons for the biggest shake up in data protection and privacy for nearly two decades.

In an official communique, dated 4 April 2016, the General Secretariat of the Council said:

At its 3445th meeting on 12 February 2016, the Economic and Financial Affairs Council reached political agreement on the Council’s position at first reading on the (GDPR). After finalisation by the legal/linguistic experts, the text of the Council’s position at first reading (5419/16) will be available in all official languages of the European Union by the end of the day on 6 April 2016...

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Watch my lecture on sponsorship given at Sport England

Ardi at Sport EnglandI was asked to give this lecture by the European Sponsorship Association (ESA) at Sport England as part of the ESA Diploma in sponsorship.

Big thanks to ESA and Peter Raymond for inviting me to speak to the students.

Click here to watch the lecture (running time 58 mins)

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“Money concentrates the mind” once said Sir John Mortimer QC in conversation with me

As the co-programme director for the DPO Certificate at Henley Business School, it was my job to help navigate the delegates through the thicket of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as well as flagging up stuff that organisations need to do now during the two-year transition period.

If you would like a copy of my presentation, feel free to get in touch with me on this website and I’d be happy to send it to you.

My short talk focused on the practical implications for organisations and HR departments in the ...

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David Bowie – The Picasso of Pop (8 Jan 1947 – 11 Jan 2016) RIP

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Are you a Superhero?

Superman…-Saves-the-DayOne of the biggest changes in data protection and privacy to usher in the New Year with a bang is publication of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) later this month. And it’s really important that all companies take the necessary steps to protect themselves from becoming liable for personal data breaches under this EU Regulation.

As reported extensively in this blog over the last 12 months, the GDPR will force all organisations to re-wire their thinking as well as their data protection policies and procedures for handling personal data under a fundamental change in European law.

Experience to date shows that effective training is the first line of defence and by far the best way to mitigate against the risks of being landed with a massive fine – which can be as high as €20m...

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Parsees dying out in India – BBC Radio 4 Documentary

Parsee_Wedding_1905This is an interesting look at how Parsees are facing extinction before the end of the Century and what the Indian Government is trying to get the smallest community in the world to survive.

To listen:


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Guest blogger Hazel Grant explains what historic change in data protection means for business

The negotiators behind GDPRIt’s here: after years and years of debate, the negotiating parties to the trilogue are reported finally to have agreed the text of the European Union’s successor privacy legislation: the General Data Protection Regulation.

Jan Albrecht, the German MEP leading up the European Parliament’s negotiations on the GDPR, even tweeted this picture of the negotiators who struck today’s deal – somehow a fitting use of social media technology, given that the key driver behind this legislative change is to bring Europe’s aging data privacy rules up to date for the modern technological era.

This isn’t the formal end of the legislative process though – while the text of the GDPR has been agreed by the trilogue negotiation parties (and if you’re wondering what a trilogue is, see my coll...

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Agreement announced on long-awaited EU General Data Protection Regulation

Get Ready for GDPRReuters reports this evening (Tuesday 15 December 2015) that the long awaited EU General Data Protection Regulation has reached agreement among the European Commission, European Parliament and Council of Ministers.

A second reading will now follow in the European Parliament and the publication of the GDPR now seems highly likely mid-January 2016.

Thereafter, transition arrangements will need to be in place across the whole of the EU so that Member States can adopt the new EU Regulation.

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