Wake up call for all major UK companies as GDPR is now around the corner

wake up callEach day more and more comment is emerging on the lack of preparedness of business to deal with the forthcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the need to put education and training on the top of the business agenda – and you may find these two very recent news items of interest and helpful.

We’ve been briefing a Member of the Government’s Treasury Select Committee a few weeks’ ago when we highlighted the issue of GDPR is simply much bigger than a digital marketing issue under ICO’s remit reporting into the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

Check out this recent news item

We strongly support the idea of a debate in the British Parliament about the role that the British Government and in particular the role that the Department for Business, Innovati...

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MNCs like Experian won’t be showed any mercy under forthcoming GDPR

CEO T-MobileIn the news this week was the much publicised anger of the youthful looking CEO of T-Mobile John Legere at the announcement that Experian, the world’s largest credit rating agency had suffered a sensitive personal data breach affecting 15m T-Mobile customers after its servers were hacked.

Under the forthcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) both data controllers (T-Mobile) and data processors (Experian) are jointly and severally liable in the event of a personal data breach or sensitive personal data breach. So such an incident that took place at Experian will have far reaching consequences for T-Mobile under the new EU Regulation when it comes into force.

Experian are saying that customers affected are those who are in the US who were credit checked in the last 2 years...

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Goodbye to ‘Safe Harbor’ as US companies need to start playing by the same rules

not so safe harborThis week the blogosphere went into overdrive with the news that the non-binding legal opinion of the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice claims that EU user data transferred to the US by various technology companies is a violation of current EU data protection and privacy laws.

Even before this opinion, the European Commission was already attempting to re-negotiate the Safe Harbor Agreement with the US. The Advocate General observed: “If the (European) Commission decided to enter into negotiations with United States, that is because it considered beforehand that the level of protection ensured by that third country, under the safe harbour scheme, was no longer adequate.”

And of course, he’s impeccably right in this regard.

The cornerstone of this highly influential leg...

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Thank you to everyone who came last night to the book launch!

20150923_201954Massive thanks to Lord Karan Bilimoria for an inspirational speech about the journey of Cobra beer to a global brand and its use of iconic advertising, marketing, illustration – and sponsorship! Thanks for your kind words about the book.

Thanks to Malcolm Deboo, President of the Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe for supporting the launch and to the fabulous team at the House of Illustration – profits from last night will go to both charities.

Special thanks to my wonderful friend and sponsor Tricia Lichfield and to the film crew from Skatta TV – you guys are the best!

Also big thanks to Amy Laurens my publisher from Routledge and for taking part in a filmed interview! Good job there was wine and beer afterwards!

Also massive thanks to everyone who came and bought a copy of the book – I wa...

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GDPR is a top priority for the EC this year – Juncker

JunckerThis morning (Wed 9 September 2015) European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has revealed the priorities in the business of the European Commission and this includes reform of Europe’s data protection and privacy laws against the backdrop of a connected single digital market.

Juncker indicated in his speech today as well as in an open letter to European Parliament, co-signed by Frans Timmermans, first Vice President of the European Commission that “over the next few weeks the Commission will engage actively with the European Parliament and the Council to take forward discussions on these issues.”

In a ten-point priority list, Juncker clearly signalled the reform of data protection and privacy and the single digital market as being on the top of priorities that will dominate ...

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Queen Elizabeth II becomes our longest serving monarch on 9 September 2015  

Andy Warhol QE2The Queen is expected to make a rare public speech thanking her British and Commonwealth subjects for 63 years of support when she becomes our longest-reigning monarch on Wednesday.


Her Majesty, who had originally wanted to spend the landmark day in private, has already bowed to the clamour for a public appearance by agreeing to interrupt her holiday at Balmoral and open a railway in the Borders.


Now she is said to be contemplating going even further by speaking at the end of her journey aboard a steam train, when she would be likely to pay tribute to her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria, the woman whose record reign she will overtake.


Queen Victoria’s reign of 23,226 days, 16 hours and 23 minutes – 63 years and seven months – defined an era and a people.


No one wa...

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What has Bob Dylan, ethics in data collection and GDPR have in common? More than you think.

Yes, how many years can some people exist

Before they’re allowed to be free?

Yes, how many times can a man turn his head

Pretending he just doesn’t see?

Yes, how many times must a man look up

Before he can see the sky?

Yes, how many ears must one man have

Before he can hear people cry?

The answer, according to Dylan is blowin in the wind.

Bob DylanBack in 1962, Blowin’ in the Wind became the anthem of the civil rights movement. In fact, Peter, Paul & Mary performed it on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in August of that year, a few hours before Dr Martin Luther King delivered his ‘I have a dream’ speech.

Years later, Dylan explained that the song can mean whatever you want it to mean. But there’s no getting away from the sentiment that it asks questions about what’s wrong with the world...

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Navroz Mubarak!


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EDPS demands Data Protection Officers are compulsory under GDPR

ButtarelliThis week the EU’s independent privacy watchdog, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has declared wide ranging support for the European Parliament’s version of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that’s the subject of trilogue negotiations between the European Commission, European Parliament and Council that may be concluded as early as end of October 2015.

However, a notable difference between the EDPS and the European Parliament’s view is the mandatory appointment by organisations and companies of a Data Protection Officer (DPO).

It’s worth noting that 35% of all EU Member States currently require the appointment of a DPO as a compulsory measure, so it would take just 16% of other EU Member States to make this the majority view within the EU.

Under Section...

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