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BBC reputation balanced against the right of freedom of speech by its journalists is a tricky balance

When I was working in BBC News & Current Affairs in the late 80s/early 90s, the internet was in its infancy and there wasn’t Facebook or YouTube or Twitter.

Also, we had the BBC Guidelines, under DG John Birt, that provided guidance on balance, impartiality and how certain news items were to be reported, particularly during election times, etc.  These days, with 24-hour rolling news and the fragmentation of media and audiences, it’s that much harder to be heard, so journalists use social media as another channel to engage with the audience.

It will be interesting to see what former-BBC boss Richard Sambrook advises in how the BBC continues to steer a path of neutrality in what its journalists report on in this much more complicated media landscape.

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Implications for data privacy in the UK in the wake of a deal or ‘no deal’ Brexit

Having left the European Union (EU) on 31 January 2020, the UK is currently in a Brexit transition period that runs out on 31 December 2020. Whilst the other 27 Member States of the EU have been grappling with containing the Covid-19 pandemic, you could be forgiven for thinking these countries as well as the UK have taken their eyes off the ball when it comes to striking a Brexit deal.

If you think that to be the case, think again.

If the UK wants an extension, it will need to ask for this by 30 June 2020 and the European Commission has already indicated that in the circumstances this would be granted. But the UK Government has included in the UK’s Withdrawal Agreement a prohibition on seeking any extension to the agreed timetable for getting a deal agreed and is sticking to this.

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European Commission set to call time on Privacy Shield

Time has almost run out for EU-US Privacy Shield. It’s highly probable that by 18 October 2018, the European Commission will agree with the European Parliament vote taken in July 2018 to suspend EU-US Privacy Shield, the international data sharing agreement between the US and the European Union.

This won’t come as any surprise within the data privacy community and in many respects has been on the cards since the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal earlier this year that underlined the importance of monitoring mechanisms intended to protect citizens from the misuse of their personal data on an industrial scale.

But it would be wrong to write off Privacy Shield as being a defective mechanism in the way it’s been conceived...

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Reunited with Sir John Tusa after 26 years!

Sir John was personally responsible for recruiting me to the BBC as the first Radio Journalist Trust Trainee back in 1989.

This evening, he was interviewed by veteran BBC Presenter Robin Lustig about his incredible career at BBC World Service, BBC TV, Wolfson College Cambridge, Barbican Centre, Clore Leadership Programme and the University of the Arts London.

His new book – Making A Noise – Getting It Right, Getting It Wrong in Life, the Arts and Broadcasting is published by Orion Books.

 

 

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Interviewed for the 6 O’Clock News TRTWorld on GDPR – 25 May 2018

This is an interview on the practical issues facing companies and organisations in complying with the GDPR.

 

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Interviewed today on BBC Radio 5 Live – Wake up to Money on the TSB debacle

TSB recently sent out apology letters for the disruption caused to millions of its customers for a significant IT failure leading to personal data breaches. That would’ve been OK – had it not been sent to the wrong people…so customers received OTHER customers’ apology letter. Is this a regulation or reputation issue? Listen again here 

 

 

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Appearance on BBC Radio 5 Live Wake up to Money – 23 May 2018

Interviewed on the ‘zombie GDPR emails’ news story running on the BBC after I had posted the blog on LinkedIn. You can listen to my interview again here

 

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Attack of the zombies with “GDPR emails” breaks data protection laws!

This is an all-out attack by the zombies and it’s continuing post-25 May! They follow other zombies by sending us mindless emails saying this kind of crap:

“We’re committed to managing and safeguarding the information you give us when looking for a job. CLICK HERE TO STAY SIGNED UP.”

Or how about this:

“LET’S STAY IN TOUCH. Did you know? New privacy laws come in to effect on 25 May. This landmark new law is designed to improve your privacy rights. This is great news for online shoppers, so if you enjoy getting our promotional emails, just click below…”

Or this:

“We don’t want to lose you, so please take action NOW”

STOP! THINK! LEARN!

These emails are pointless!

In the UK, it’s been the law since 2003 that you can only send a marketing email to an individual recipient w...

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BSI film on Hitachi Consulting Corp becoming the first global company to achieve BS10012:2017

 

 

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Power-list of influences in the data privacy landscape

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