‘Just do it’ says Dutch DPA in warning to Nike for data protection failure

Nike appNike has been collecting too much personal information from customers without correctly obtaining their permission first.

The world’s largest sportswear company has now been issued with a warning to stop this by the Dutch DPA (CBP).

The Nike+ Running app combines GPS information about distance covered with body characteristics such as height and weight to calculate calories and ‘Fuel Points’ for the Nike rankings. Storage of these details for a longer period constitutes handling of sensitive personal health information, CBP found.

Under the forthcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a key principle is purpose limitation, designed to establish the boundaries within which personal data collected for a given purpose may be processed and put to further use.

The Data Controll...

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Message of Peace: Our heart goes out to the people of France

We are all ParisiansMuslim, Jewish, Christian, Zoroastrian and European Religious Leaders of all traditions stand united in grief and anger about the terrible attacks in Paris.

Upon witnessing the unfolding violence in Paris the Moderator of the European Council of Religious Leaders (ECRL) Revd. Dr. Thomas Wipf stated: “We, people of all religious traditions
in Europe are united in our grief and anger about the terrible terrorist attacks in Paris.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and all those affected. We strongly condemn all acts of violence and terrorism which can never be just justified on religious grounds. We want to commit ourselves even more intensively for peace and security wherever we live.”

He added: “As members of different faiths and from different countri...

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Lord Bilimoria launching Improving the Performance of Sponsorship

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This week’s competition is ‘spot the difference’ between DPA 1998 and GDPR

spot the differenceIt’s not as easy as it looks, is it? And that goes for the differences between the Data Protection Act (DPA) 1998 and the forthcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on course to gain consent from the European Commission, European Parliament and European Council of Ministers in early January2016.

That means it will be fully implemented at the end of 2017 after the 2-year transition period expires.

Once GDPR has achieved agreement, the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC is repealed and the basis for the DPA 1998 has effectively been removed.

The legal position as to what happens during the transition period is still to be worked out but by far the safest course of action is for organisations to comply fully with the data protection principles enshrined under the GDPR, given t...

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TalkTalk was heading for security chief before it was hacked

TalkTalk logoTalkTalk has been caught in the eye of a storm over its data protection and privacy policies and procedures leaving a wake of very angry customers threatening to take legal action for the breach of their personal data.

And as the Information Commissioner’s Officer (ICO) starts to investigate the mobile provider, it may like to read the advertisement TalkTalk placed on LinkedIn on the 19 October for the post of Information Security Officer.

When we checked on Sunday 25 October, there had been 15 applicants for the post – now with the level of national media interest in how TalkTalk is culpable in its failure to adequately protect its customers, maybe there will be deluge of qualified candidates knocking on its door..?

Or will it now have to pay a much bigger salary to attract the right ...

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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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