Last call

The Financial Times reports this morning (Monday 12 Feb 2018) that Unilever, the world’s second-largest advertiser has warned social media giants Google and Facebook that it will pull its advertising from their platforms if they continue to ‘’foster hate’’ or fail to act responsibly in the wake of the exponential increase in offensive and unlawful content that is posted on its platforms and represents a direct assault on the rights, freedoms and interests of millions of data subjects, including children.

The climate has turned and social media giants now find themselves in a media storm where sitting back and doing nothing is no longer an option...

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Schrems fails to deliver a knockout blow to Facebook Ireland at the Court of Justice, European Union

On Thursday 25 January 2018, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled that 30-year old Austrian privacy campaigner Max Schrems couldn’t bring a class action law suit against Facebook Ireland for what he claims was illegal use of personal data but granted him permission to challenge the social media giant’s business practices in his native Austria.

The second CJEU ruling in Schrems’ long-running legal battle with Facebook is significant for widening legal jurisdiction against Facebook Ireland by granting the right of Schrems to take legal action against Facebook Ireland in the Austrian courts.

Facebook Ireland, headquartered in Dublin, unsuccessfully argued that the matter could only be heard in Irish courts.

The case now returns to Austrian courts that had previously faile...

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Preparing for the biggest shake up in data protection, privacy and security for two decades

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Not a good start to the New Year for Apple

Apple has just issued a second customer warning for owners of its iPhones, iPads and MAC products that they are affected by a processor flaw that could leave them vulnerable to hackers.

The US tech giant urged its millions of customers to only download software from trusted sources after the security vulnerabilities, known as Meltdown and Spectre, were revealed on Wednesday.

According to the Press Association (PA News), there’s no evidence that the security flaws that affect computer processors built by Intel and ARM – have so far been exploited by hackers, although companies including Microsoft have been working to provide urgent fixes.

Apple says it had released software updates for iOS, the software on its phones and tablets, macOS, which is used by its computers and tvOS for its tele...

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Interview with the World Advertising Research Council (WARC) on what marketers need to do now about the GDPR

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Landmark judgment in data protection action against Morrisons at High Court in UK

Supermarket giant Morrisons has been found vicariously liable for the actions of a rogue member of staff who stole the personal data of thousands of workers and posted it online in revenge for disciplinary action taken against him by the company.

On 1 December 2017, Mr Justice Langstaff at the High Court ruled that Morrisons was vicariously liable for the personal data breach that leaked their names, addresses, salaries, bank account details, national insurance and other sensitive personal data on line.

In July 2015, former internal auditor Andrew Skelton was found guilty at Bradford Crown Court of fraud, securing unauthorised access to computer material and disclosing personal data and jailed for eight years.

The trial heard that his motive appeared to have been a grudge over a previous i...

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GDPR Transition Programme at Henley Business School

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Green Park interview on the GDPR

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My ‘light bulb’ moment on the GDPR

On Tuesday 31 October, President Donald J Trump gave the executive order to release previously withheld files relating to the 1963 assassination of John F Kennedy.

Among the many black and white TV news clips of speeches made by JFK that I’ve been watching across several TV networks that are marking one of the darkest hours in American history, one sentence in particular struck a chord with me and perhaps many of you reading this too:

“In each of us there’s a private hope and dream which, if fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone.”

That may sound like a lofty ideal, but I sincerely believe that as data protection professionals we all need to have the conviction to want to make a positive difference for both the company and organisation that we are part of as well as...

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Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) 100 List – 2017

In order to establish the shortlist for the Board Talent Index from within the BAME community, executive recruitment firm Green Park applied a soft scoring method based on the criteria it believes separates REALmodels from other diverse leaders. These criteria focus on influencing positive change and development in business and are each graded out of 25.
The criteria:

R = Recognised: accredited for the good that they do

E = Extraordinary: not just achieved but excelled in their efforts

A = Authentic: known for being true to their undisputed origin

L = Leading: climbed the ladder of their organisations and achieved success


Once the REALmodel leaders are identified, the judges ratify the shortlists based on their own insights, the individual’s credibility and the profiles presented and t...
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