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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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Killing a few sacred cows?

A couple of weeks’ ago, I was invited to speak to around 150 people at a gathering of the Government Blockchain Association (GBA). It was an illuminating experience.

What struck me was that the digital landscape referred to in the Recitals of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) isn’t the same as the technology landscape these ‘digital disruptors’ are building today.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, blockchain (noun) is: “A system in which a record of transactions made in bitcoin or another cryptocurrency are maintained across several computers that are linked in a peer-to-peer network.”

That sounds very geeky and techie and of little relevance to the rest of us and only those with a strong interest in advanced mathematical algorithms?


Blockchain isn’...

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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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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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GDPR Transition Programme at Henley Business School

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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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Do you still worship at the Temple of Big Data?

Major personal data breaches are happening at a rate of one a day – Equifax, BUPADeloitteNHSNottingham County CouncilIslington CouncilHCA Healthcare and many, many more. Wanna Cry? (I bet you do).

Do you live in fear of whether you’re next? It doesn’t have to be this way. We are transitioning to an era in which individuals have both the skills and the opportunities to choose how they manage and share their personal data to achieve a range of beneficial outcomes.

Digital evangelists like Stephen Deadman, Global Deputy Chief Privacy Officer at Facebook remains optimistic about the future, rather than terrified by it...

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Is processing personal data under ‘legitimate interest’ creepy or cool?

With less than 200 working days left before Regulation 2016/679 (General Data Protection Regulation) kicks in, a new global study published by the Centre for Information Policy Leadership – a privacy and security think tank – claims that organisations in the US, South America, Europe and Asia are confused about the legal basis for processing personal data under the GDPR.

A total of 223 senior managers of multi-national companies (57% Data Controllers, 43% Data Processors) responded to the survey across a wide variety of sectors including financial services, healthcare, pharma, technology and telecoms.

The authors of the study explored the reasons why organisations choose to rely on ‘legitimate interest’ as a basis for processing personal data and the reaction this could have among customer...

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British data protection laws to criminalize breaches of GDPR

The British Government  has just announced (Monday 7 August 2017) that it will incorporate Directive 2016/679 (General Data Protection Regulation) along with specific derogations permitted under the GDPR as well as the Data Protection Law Enforcement Directive (DPLED) into UK law.

The move effectively repeals the current Data Protection Act 1998.

This follows a short consultation period (12 April – 10 May 2017) that called for views and which included 170 submissions from a wide range of professional bodies, legal and consumer groups, local government, technology companies, global organisations and academic institutions (7.1% of all respondents), including Henley Business School.

“Bringing EU law into our domestic law will ensure that we help to prepare the UK for the future after we ha...

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