As experts in data protection, privacy and the GDPR, we wanted to share our knowledge with you to ensure your compliance journey is as simple as possible. With a clear understanding, data protection best practice will become a natural part of your organisation’s way of working - a benefit to you and your business.
So take a look over our GDPR and data protection resources below.
Am I a controller, a processor, or both?
Controllers of personal information are the ones with all the liability under the GDPR, right? Wrong. Processors have obligations under the GDPR too. And then there’s joint controllers as well. They are jointly liable to people who have suffered damage because of a GDPR breach. To confuse matters further, an organisation can be both a controller and a processor at the same time (although not in relation to the same processing activity).
The Privacy Guy – Privacy Promise 5 – Rights of Individuals
You’ve got to fight……… for your right………to privacy. Well, not any more. The GDPR has given individuals plenty of rights which they can exercise quickly and easily. Satisfying those rights is the tricky, time consuming part.
How to send marketing emails under the GDPR
Do you remember where you were during the great avalanche of May 2018? Piles of emails swamped inboxes across a vast area covering the UK and the EU. In the run up to the GDPR, these emails requested consent to send further emails to their recipients after 25 May 2018. Some were necessary, but a large proportion of them were not. The avalanche was borne of confusion about the GDPR and fear of fines. Even now confusion remains. Read on to find out when you need consent to send marketing emails and when you don’t.
The Privacy Guy – Privacy Promise 4 – Safe Sharing
We all know someone who overshares, right? But, in such situations it isn’t your personal information the person is oversharing, it is theirs. In the world of privacy and data protection, it is our personal information that is being overshared. Sometimes it is sensitive personal information. And that’s far from great. In fact, it is against the law.
When to appoint a Data Protection Officer
Appointing a data protection officer is much more than simply giving someone a title. The decision whether or not to appoint a data protection officer is a serious one and must be considered carefully. You need to know why you may need to appoint one. You need to know what you should look for in a data protection officer. And you need to know the risks if you appoint the wrong one.
The Privacy Guy – Privacy Promise 3 – Transparency
This is where it starts to get uncomfortable for some organisations. ‘Transparency’ is the third of our Eight Privacy Promises. Once you have an accurate and up to date Inventory, you need to tell individuals what you do with their personal information and explain the rights those individuals have in relation to that personal information.
When and how to notify a data breach
Almost all organisations have had a data breach. Some of them know they have had a data breach. Most probably don’t. People tend to think that a data breach is caused by a hacker breaking into an organisation’s systems and gaining access to customer personal information for malicious purposes. The reality is that personal data breaches are far more likely to be the result of careless mistakes by employees than the work of hackers. In fact, 90% of UK data breaches are caused by human error.
The Privacy Guy – Privacy Promise 2 – Inventory
The second of our Eight Privacy Promises. To comply with privacy rules including the GDPR and the CCPA your organisation needs an inventory of personal information. This basic (but sometimes difficult) step is one of the cornerstones of establishing and maintaining an effective privacy compliance programme. However, keeping track of your personal information is not as easy as keeping track of your employees, or your office equipment. Personal information moves quickly and easily and is often kept in multiple locations.
The Privacy Guy – Privacy Promise 1 – Awareness
The first of our Eight Privacy Promises. It is crucial to establishing and maintaining a culture of continuous compliance. Without awareness, people will not understand. If they don’t understand, they won’t care. And if they don’t care, people will not do what is needed to protect personal information and prevent a data breach.