Monthly Archives March 2018

Written for a new type of Superhero!

Published globally by Kogan Page and available on Amazon from 3 June 2018. Price: £49.99/$85.00. Foreword written by Elizabeth Denham, UK Information Commissioner.

Contents: (1) Speed read of the GDPR (2) The role of the Data Protection Officer (3) The gap between policy, company appetite and reality (4) Upward and downward communication (5) Identifying risks (6) Sanctions, compliance and fines (7) The Data Protection Impact Assessment (8) Privacy and Security Breach Management (9) Managing the Value Chain (10) Introducing Data Protection by Design and by Default (11) Contracting out personal data processing (12) Data incident breach: obligations, implications and management (13) Security standards (14) Implementing Data Protection by Design and by Default (15) Technical security measures...

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Crisis of confidence in Silicon Valley

Mark Zuckerberg’s “confessional” on CNN broadcast on Thursday 22 March 2018 was a blatant attempt at a public relations ‘damage limitation’ exercise.

I’m not convinced it had the desired effect.

Facebook’s share price continues to fall and pressure for an investigation of the company and its dealings with UK-company Cambridge Analytica continues to mount on both sides of the Atlantic.

“This is a major breach of trust and we are sorry about that, ” says Zuckerberg. Right. But you can’t help feeling he’s trying to play the ‘victim’ of some unwitting scam.

Facebook have made one bad mistake after another  – whether that’s providing a platform for sexual exploitation of women and children or the spread of toxic extremist ideology of sick, evil terrorists.

And judging by the law suits its fa...

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British Government showdown with social media giants next month

Last chance saloon for social media giants, warns Matthew Hancock, Secretary of State, DCMS as British Government raises the prospect of a ‘breach of duty of care’ owed to users of social media services and promises more legislation unless they get themselves sorted out.

Speaking to The Sunday Times (25 March 2018), Hancock said Facebook and other tech giants that harvested personal data from users would be ordered to simplify their terms and conditions so they fitted on a single page.

He’s summoned Facebook, Google and Twitter to a showdown next month following revelations about the way Facebook data was used by the UK firm Cambridge Analytica to help Donald Trump’s Presidential election campaign.

A cloud still hangs over the prospect of unlawful profiling of UK citizens to influence ...

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First among equals – Hitachi Consulting first global company to certify under BS 10012:2017

On Friday 23 March 2018, the BSI (British Standards Institution) has certified Hitachi Consulting Corporation, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd (TSE: 6501), to a new standard of excellence in data protection, privacy and security developed under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Hitachi Consulting becomes one of the first companies in the UK to achieve compliance with the BS 10012:2017 data protection standard for its personal information management system (PIMS) that sits at the heart of its compliance with the GDPR.

“We are immensely proud of this recognition from the one of the world’s leading certification bodies...

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Navroze Mubarak! A very happy New Year to everyone on this auspicious day.

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RIP: Professor Stephen Hawking (1942-2017)

In this file photo taken on April 26, 2007 and released by Zero G, British cosmologist Stephen Hawking experiences zero gravity during a flight over the Atlantic Ocean

In 2007 Hawking became the first quadriplegic to experience weightlessness on board a plane specially designed to simulate zero gravity. “I think the human race has no future if it doesn’t go into space,” he said.

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