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Google Analytics and GDPR

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Most Irish businesses use Google Analytics as their main web analytics tool and for many it’s the only tool they use to tell how their website is working. Firstly its free for most users and it’s relatively straightforward to use You (or your developer) install Javascript code on web pages to track (monitor) website users […]

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GDPR and its implications outside of the EU

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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the latest data protection legislation applicable European Union (EU) member states.  The intent of the GDPR is to replace the European data protection framework as set out in the European Data Protection Directive (95/46/EC) (Directive) and be implemented into the national data protection laws of the EU member […]

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GDPR for IT equipment suppliers

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The data controllers carries primary responsibility, along with any data processors to protect the data subjects under GDPR.  Businesses who sells IT equipment even if that equipment processes personally identifiable data have far less stringent obligations.  However to remain competitive offering GDPR compliant features makes good business sense. This normally involves development in two areas […]

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3 Free Information Security tools

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Part of GDPR is protecting users’ data, businesses are obliged to think about privacy when designing systems. Protecting data is also common sense.  Who would deal with a business that can’t reliably store data? This post is about using some practical (and free) tools to reduce risk for a small business. In the world of […]

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Big Data : The New Oil or Nuclear Waste?

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Data leaking is like nuclear waste leaking. Once we believed that big data would drive new industries by monitoring data freely. Now we see its a bit more complicated.

We have been told that big data usage will differentiate successful businesses from failures.  That is probably true, but not only as “the new oil” driving innovation.  Perhaps data is more like nuclear waste, it costs a fortune to store and when it leaks…..? The new oil arguments for using big data are well known: […]

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GDPR enforcement and compliance mechanisms

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Naturally any regulation which outlines rights for data subjects and responsibilities for data controllers and processers needs enforcement and compliance mechanisms. Enforcement & Compliance structure In each member state there is a national supervisory authority, which is the first port of call in that territory for GDPR enforcement.  These national authorities are assigned specific tasks as well as a number of investigative, corrective and advisory powers when overseeing organisations […]

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Data Controllers or Data Processors in GDPR?

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In order to vindicate data subjects’ rights, the GDPR defines two new roles for organisations Data Controllers and Data Processors. This post will outline the roles and obligations for both under the GDPR. Controller or processor Controllers are those who determine the purposes and means of processing personal data. Processors are those engaged in processing personal data on behalf of controllers. To decide of […]

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GDPR a primer

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General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR imposes new and arduous burdens on business and other organisations across Europe from May 2018.  Behaviours will have to change and companies have to make sure they are ready for the deadline or face fines up to 20 M euro. This primer summarises some aspects of the GDPR which […]