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Holidays Are No Excuse
5/16/2019 12:26:19 PM by Adam Brogden
In my experience the ICO are pretty fierce and don’t accept any excuse for data protection failures. Excuses such as, ‘that person was on holiday’, ‘I didn’t understand the rules’, and ‘we didn’t think it applied to us’, won’t save you from enforcement action and fines.
In my experience the ICO are pretty fierce and don’t accept any excuse for data protection failures. Excuses such as, ‘that person was on holiday’, ‘I didn’t understand the rules’, and ‘we didn’t think it applied to us’, won’t save you from enforcement action and fines.

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Back To Basics
5/15/2019 12:43:30 PM by Adam Brogden
There is no doubt that GDPR can be complicated. 99 Articles, a whole pile of processes and procedures, and some pretty complicated IT requirements to deal with. However the most likely cause of a breach is not failing to understand Article 23 sub section 5. It is more likely to be someone in the office sending emails to the wrong person!
There is no doubt that GDPR can be complicated. 99 Articles, a whole pile of processes and procedures, and some pretty complicated IT requirements to deal with. However the most likely cause of a breach is not failing to understand Article 23 sub section 5. It is more likely to be someone in the office sending emails to the wrong person!

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How To Handle A SAR
5/14/2019 12:29:08 PM by Adam Brogden
I know I have written blogs on this previously but there has been a worrying increase in the number of SARs reported to us. Many SARs are malicious and designed to annoy the recipient or to extort cash from the unlucky victim. I can’t stress enough that you must handle all SARs as if they are genuine.
I know I have written blogs on this previously but there has been a worrying increase in the number of SARs reported to us. Many SARs are malicious and designed to annoy the recipient or to extort cash from the unlucky victim. I can’t stress enough that you must handle all SARs as if they are genuine.

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Cyber Security And GDPR
5/13/2019 12:26:47 PM by Adam Brogden
Cyber security is absolutely vital to you and your organisation. Cyber security protects you against viruses, phishing attacks, hackers, and all sorts of online threats. The National Cyber Security Centre which is part of GCHQ has established the Cyber Essentials scheme to help organisations of all sizes understand how to secure their IT.
Cyber security is absolutely vital to you and your organisation. Cyber security protects you against viruses, phishing attacks, hackers, and all sorts of online threats. The National Cyber Security Centre which is part of GCHQ has established the Cyber Essentials scheme to help organisations of all sizes understand how to secure their IT.

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GDPR Emails
4/26/2019 12:12:37 PM by Adam Brogden
Almost everyone uses email marketing. It’s quick, easy, and cost effective if managed properly. However strict rules apply under GDPR and it is vitally important that you understand the rules and follow them!
Almost everyone uses email marketing. It’s quick, easy, and cost effective if managed properly. However strict rules apply under GDPR and it is vitally important that you understand the rules and follow them!

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GDPR Basics
4/24/2019 12:41:03 PM by Adam Brogden
We get asked complicated questions every day by countless companies about how GDPR applies to them. Some are so tricky we have to refer back to the regulations for help! However, most questions can be answered by just referring to the most basic GDPR principles.
We get asked complicated questions every day by countless companies about how GDPR applies to them. Some are so tricky we have to refer back to the regulations for help! However, most questions can be answered by just referring to the most basic GDPR principles.

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Compliance Checklist
4/23/2019 12:40:37 PM by Adam Brogden
There was a huge rush last to meet the GDPR deadline last May with many companies completing their GDPR prep in the nick of time. Now is a great time to review your original GDPR documents and just make sure you are still compliant.
There was a huge rush last to meet the GDPR deadline last May with many companies completing their GDPR prep in the nick of time. Now is a great time to review your original GDPR documents and just make sure you are still compliant.

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GDPR Due-diligence
4/22/2019 12:21:48 PM by Adam Brogden
If you have gone through our GDPR process you will have heard the words, ‘due-diligence’ and ‘evidence’ too many times. However, these are very important words and might just save your skin should you experience a breach, complaint, or SAR. Being able to demonstrate that you have completed your documents, gone through a rigorous implementation phase; considered cyber security; and checked your contracts with your suppliers is a fantastic step forward.
If you have gone through our GDPR process you will have heard the words, ‘due-diligence’ and ‘evidence’ too many times. However, these are very important words and might just save your skin should you experience a breach, complaint, or SAR. Being able to demonstrate that you have completed your documents, gone through a rigorous implementation phase; considered cyber security; and checked your contracts with your suppliers is a fantastic step forward.

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What to put in your GDPR Privacy Statement?
4/18/2019 4:09:53 PM by Adam Brogden
Have you created and published your Privacy Statement? This is absolutely fundamental and failure to make this vital document available to your data subjects is likely to result in problems. Without a Privacy Statement you have absolutely no defence from GDPR complaints, claims, and enforcement action.
Have you created and published your Privacy Statement? This is absolutely fundamental and failure to make this vital document available to your data subjects is likely to result in problems. Without a Privacy Statement you have absolutely no defence from GDPR complaints, claims, and enforcement action.

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TPS Your Data
4/17/2019 11:48:44 AM by Adam Brogden
This is slightly different to the normal advice and information blogs. The ICO are running a campaign aimed at protecting elderly relatives, friends and neighbours after a funeral plan company was caught spamming thousands of older people. The aim of this blog is to simply support that campaign and remind everyone to make sure their relatives understand how these companies operate and to help keep them safe.
This is slightly different to the normal advice and information blogs. The ICO are running a campaign aimed at protecting elderly relatives, friends and neighbours after a funeral plan company was caught spamming thousands of older people. The aim of this blog is to simply support that campaign and remind everyone to make sure their relatives understand how these companies operate and to help keep them safe.

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Are your suppliers GDPR compliant?
4/16/2019 12:19:36 PM by Adam Brogden
GDPR requires you to protect the data you collect from your data subjects and only use the data for the reason it was collected. You need to be transparent and the use of the data and of course need to respect the rights of these people. So when you share this information with another company for whatever reason, you need to ensure that those companies are also going to respect those rights.
GDPR requires you to protect the data you collect from your data subjects and only use the data for the reason it was collected. You need to be transparent and the use of the data and of course need to respect the rights of these people. So when you share this information with another company for whatever reason, you need to ensure that those companies are also going to respect those rights.

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Don’t Buy GDPR Compliant Data
4/15/2019 12:07:29 PM by Adam Brogden
Because it’s not really GDPR compliant! There are many companies out there that will try to sell you GDPR compliant email or mobile number data and will offer you all sorts of guarantees, contracts, and warranties. These companies are usually called data brokers but might also go under the name of lead generation company, business development agency or something similar.
Because it’s not really GDPR compliant! There are many companies out there that will try to sell you GDPR compliant email or mobile number data and will offer you all sorts of guarantees, contracts, and warranties. These companies are usually called data brokers but might also go under the name of lead generation company, business development agency or something similar.

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GDPR Breach Report
4/12/2019 12:28:40 PM by Adam Brogden
Have you had a data breach? Even if you only suspect that you have had a breach you need to take immediate action.
Have you had a data breach? Even if you only suspect that you have had a breach you need to take immediate action.

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Don’t forget your ICO Renewal!
4/8/2019 11:11:22 AM by Adam Brogden
I just received my ICO reminder renewal reminder email. This comes from a weird email address so you might just miss it. The email states when my renewal is due and the cost but also information about the fixed penalty notice for failing to renew.
I just received my ICO reminder renewal reminder email. This comes from a weird email address so you might just miss it. The email states when my renewal is due and the cost but also information about the fixed penalty notice for failing to renew.

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GDPR Annual Audit
4/5/2019 1:03:31 PM by Adam Brogden
Implementation of GDPR is not just a one-off exercise, although I fear most companies will treat it as such. GDPR should become part of how you operate. In fact adherence to GDPR principles should be how you operate.
Implementation of GDPR is not just a one-off exercise, although I fear most companies will treat it as such. GDPR should become part of how you operate. In fact adherence to GDPR principles should be how you operate.

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