Why do we need data protection laws?

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?

The ICO reads my blog!

[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.

What does it take?

I wasn't going to blog about Carphone Warehouse being fined £400k by the ICO for a breach, because boring-boring-you've-done-this-before, but then I couldn't help myself. Carphone's offence? A data breach. Resulting from poor maintenance of cyber security on an internet-facing webserver. You remember TalkTalk? They were fined £400,000 just over a year ago. For a … Continue reading What does it take?