Here's why: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-30/google-and-mastercard-cut-a-secret-ad-deal-to-track-retail-sales Short version - if you buy something in a US store with your Mastercard, they tell Google about it. Google then reconciles your purchase with your advertising exposure while logged in with a Google account, and sends a report to advertisers to show how on-line ads drive offline sales. This is, of course, … Continue reading Why do we need data protection laws?
For those of you who don’t know, Article 14 of the GDPR says that if you obtain data about someone, and you didn’t get it directly from them, you have to tell them that you have it, and what you’re doing with it. In the lead up to the May 25th GDPR launch date, this … Continue reading Article 14 – what was that all about, then?
Here's another thing people are getting wrong. Just because your data isn't stored inside the EEA - wait, you thought it had to be inside the EU? wrong! - doesn't mean you should panic and repatriate it. What you need to do is check whether wherever you've put it has an adequacy decision. A what? … Continue reading Where’s your data? (Second reprise)
[Link updated as the ICO has moved its blog] On the 25th of April, I wrote GDPR: you're all getting it wrong. On the 9th of May, Steve Wood (the Deputy Commissioner) wrote this: https://ico.org.uk/about-the-ico/news-and-events/news-and-blogs/2018/05/blog-raising-the-bar-consent-under-gdpr/ See? I may be a voice in the wilderness, but I'm not (always) wrong.
If I get one more email telling me that “GDPR means we have to ask you to opt-in” I think I’m going to go postal. Let’s do this slowly, and this time with feeling. Marketing (and fundraising) emails are covered by the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulation 2003. That’s right, a 15-year-old piece of legislation. … Continue reading GDPR: you’re all getting it wrong
Hoo boy. Here we go again. More silly codenames, more incomprehensible tech gobbledegook, more security flaws, more worry. What does it all mean? I’m not going to give a detailed technical explanation. The best one is here. The very very short version is that processor speeds have run ahead of memory speeds for some time, … Continue reading Meltdown, Spectre and other James Bond movie titles
I wrote a blog entry five years ago, explaining why using security questions for password resets was a bad idea. (Why “improved” on-line security could compromise your bank account). It's still true, and we're still getting it wrong. Last week saw an American fined about £200k and sent to prison for nine months for hacking … Continue reading It’s 2018 and we still can’t get basic things right