Y2K wasn’t a rip-off; neither is GDPR

If 60’s and 70’s programmers had anticipated that their code would still be in use thirty-odd years later, we wouldn’t have needed a massive effort to fix the installed codebase before the century rolled over. But they didn’t, and we did. A lot of money was spent. The world didn’t end on the 1st of … Continue reading Y2K wasn’t a rip-off; neither is GDPR

Yes, data protection matters to you too

It's been a big week for security news. Parliamentary email hacked, UK politician logon credentials circulating for sale, a massive (paper) data breach at the NHS, another massive ransomware outbreak, Boomerang Video fined... Wait, what? Who the hell are Boomerang Video? Boomerang are a small video-game rental operation. Their website was hacked in 2014 and … Continue reading Yes, data protection matters to you too

At least make a token effort

I was talking to someone about data security yesterday afternoon, and mentioned the Mexican data breach where 93.4m citizen records were left in an unsecured cloud database – and immediately stolen – as an example of the carelessness people seem to experience when taking advantage of cheap web storage and processing. Pretty much while I … Continue reading At least make a token effort

Privacy Shield – (some of) what you need to know

What is it? Despite the name, it’s not a feminine hygiene product. It’s the long-awaited replacement for Safe Harbour, the data protection scheme allowing data on EU citizens to be exported to the US for processing. You can read more on this blog about why Safe Harbour needed replacing. When does it take effect? It … Continue reading Privacy Shield – (some of) what you need to know

General Data Protection Regulations – the headlines

What are the GDPR? New regulations that are presently expected to come in to force in 2018, governing how companies operating in the EU deal with the personal data of EU residents. What is personal data? Any information that may be used to single out an individual. This is a broader definition than the one … Continue reading General Data Protection Regulations – the headlines

Left hand, right hand, other hand – what a mess!

Still chewing through the GDPR, so that’ll have to wait. In the meantime, more evidence that the nicest word we can use to describe the current state of data protection in Europe is…disconnected. First we have the European Commission desperately trying to reach an accommodation with the US on Safe Harbour after the European Court … Continue reading Left hand, right hand, other hand – what a mess!