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Author: Ben Seretny

Will post-Brexit Britain be ‘Adequate’?

If you were to hold a straw poll of the people of Britain (I’ve purposefully avoided the term ‘referendum’) and ask which two terms they would like banished from the lexicon in 2018, it’s a safe bet that amongst the huddle of phrases such as “on fleek” and “squad goals”, “Brexit” and “GDPR” are likely to come somewhere near the top of the list. Much like their counterparts in the list (admittedly, I had to look them up online) they are highly unlikely to disappear soon, especially with the countdown to Brexit about to tick past the six month marker. Assuming...

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The Rise of the Data Processing Addendum

The Christmas tree is upside down in the bin, the left-over turkey is finally finished and the to-do list for 2018 is starting to take shape. It goes without saying that four particular letters will adorn almost every business strategy board for at least the next four months and unsurprisingly, those letters are GDPR. Prioritising With only four months to go it’s fair to say that a little urgency is required but there’s still plenty of time to finalise, continue or even start a well-planned compliance programme. The obvious question is, as time ticks away, what actions should you prioritise? A smart...

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A Guide to Surviving the GDPR: Part 2/2

Hopefully after completing the steps in Part 1 of our Guide to Surviving the GDPR series (or creating a fantastically detailed plan for tackling those early stages) you will most probably have accumulated a large pile of data (hard-copy, digital or both) containing a seemingly unending volume of personal information. In this article, we discuss the next steps to take when implementing your GDPR compliant privacy strategy. Spring clean your data: Completing the data inventory and assigning the applicable lawful basis to each item of personal data should help you clear out the ‘dead wood’ and minimise data you no longer...

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A Guide to Surviving the GDPR: Part 1

With the frenzy being whipped up by the media, it’s probably pointless asking you not to panic about the GDPR but the sensible response is to substitute blind terror for carefully considered action. Over the next two articles we discuss the steps that we recommend you take to start working towards compliance before next May. Awareness: Few of us can remember the introduction of new laws that were heralded with such apocalyptic tones as the GDPR, so unless you’ve saved-up all your flexi-time and annual leave and spent it on a package holiday under a rock for the past few years,...

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What is the GDPR and why should you care? Getting to know Privacy Law and the new Regulations.

In the first of our GDPR series, we begin by looking at why it’s here, what it is and why it’s important. Why protect personal data? “Data is the new oil!” has become the rallying cry of this century’s barons of commerce. This slogan of our times has adorned countless articles in print media, formed the basis of TED Talks and is probably emblazoned on Mark Zuckerberg’s pyjamas. But the comparison is fair as, much like its predecessor, data has lubricated the explosion of the modern digital economy. So much so that the five most valuable companies in the world (Apple, Amazon,...

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