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Still in Denial of the Tough New Privacy Law GDPR?

Posted by Tara Taubman-Bassirian on October 17, 2016

This morning GDPR on the news, shared by Rachel Oconnell : Firms Are in Denial About Tough New EU Privacy Law: The world’s toughest privacy law will go into force in Europe 18 months from now, and so far, the strategy of many IT professionals appears to be “pretend it’s not happening.” That’s the takeaway […]

Private company CONCENTRIX acting on belhaf of HMRC

Posted by Tara Taubman-Bassirian on July 12, 2016

  UPDATE : 14th September 2016, after a too long debacle, HMRC has decided not to extend contract with Concentrix following outcry over wrong tax credit cuts. HMRC contractor who failed to repay customers’ tax credits will still be paid tens of millions Tasmina Sheikh MP Verified account [email protected] Families are still living a day […]

The new Data Protection Regulation has been adopted

Posted by Tara Taubman-Bassirian on May 9, 2016

I have aggregated all you need to know about the new EU Regulation using the curation tool Pearltrees. The resource will be kept updated. EU Regulation 2016/679 (the General Data Protection Regulation, or “GDPR”), Text published 4 May 2016, enforceable after a grace period, 28 May 2018. Possible fines up to the greater of €20 […]

New EU data protection rules highlight privacy paradox

Posted by Monica Horten on April 15, 2016

The European Parliament has adopted a data protection package  that is being described as ‘historic’ and monumental’.  The new EU measures  update data protection rules for the era of the Internet and social media, including the use of data by  police  and law enforcement. The hot buttons have been the transfer of data outside the […]

Twitter App on iOS nags users for Photos Access

Posted by Alexander Hanff on January 28, 2016

Earlier this week I was in Brussels talking about Privacy at the European Parliament – which is nothing unusual, especially as today is Data Privacy Day and this week is often referred to as Privacy Week in Brussels. What did surprise me though was a change in behaviour I noticed with the official Twitter iOS […]

Time to get Real on IoT

Posted by Alexander Hanff on April 29, 2015

I was reading my Twitter feed this afternoon and a member of my network posted an article about how the Internet of Things (IoT) will create a virtual world with virtual people and how wonderful this will be for society, ushering in a future where we control everything without ever having to really do anything.  […]

Is Twitter misleading its users on Data Protection?

Posted by Alexander Hanff on April 24, 2015

Recently I wrote an article about Amazon and other companies opening European Datacentres in an attempt to mitigate concerns over mass surveillance by the NSA and other intelligence agencies.  The general point is that because these companies are US owned, they are still vulnerable to US law irrespective of where they physically host and process […]

European Commission tells citizens to stop using Facebook

Posted by Alexander Hanff on March 25, 2015

Yesterday was a very important day for privacy and data protection in Europe.  It was the day that Max Schrems was able to present arguments in the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) with regards to the US surveillance programme called PRISM and whether or not companies which expose European citizens’ data to […]

Draft General Data Protection Regulation – where it went wrong.

Posted by Alexander Hanff on March 11, 2015

Last week a coalition of NGOs issued a report on the latest changes to the draft General Data Protection Regulation made by the Council of Europe titled “Data Protection Broken Badly”.  The eight page document talks about a number of issues such as the “one stop shop”, “legitimate interest” and consent. As someone who has […]

Privacy by Design – worrying developments

Posted by Alexander Hanff on March 5, 2015

Last week I attended the Privacy by Design User Forum in Toronto where I delivered a presentation on how to develop a new project using Privacy by Design.  But that is not the subject of this article, this article is about a discussion which took place at the end of the event – a lively […]