0 Have your say Much has been written about the new data protection law (GDPR) and how SMEs in the region will need to adapt and plan resource around it. We all share similar frustrations when it comes to junk mail, but the implications of mishandled data can be far more serious. With the May 2018 deadline looming, one element of the GDPR that is worth further exploration is that of data processors, (third parties who may handle your company’s data with your consent).Data processors are a separate legal entity and examples include payroll, marketing or IT companies that your business may send data to, or you may even be one of these data processing businesses.Under the current law (applicable until the GDPR takes effect on May 25), these secondary handlers of data are generally only subject to contractual obligations imposed on them by data controllers – the company who collected the data – and it is this company that retains the … [Read more...] about Businesses will have to gear up for the new data protection laws
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MOST businesses are unaware of the new laws on personal data which come into force in May – despite the onerous penalties that apply from day one. Serious breaches of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be punishable by fines of up to four per cent of turnover, or 20million euros. Yet an Ipsos MORI survey suggests only 38 per cent of businesses know of the EU-derived legislation, which affects any organisation storing personal data. Ian Girling, chief executive of Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said: “With all the noise in the community around GDPR, I am surprised the figure is this is high, which is concerning. It’s essential businesses understand GDPR and the implications for failing to meet these requirements. “A good place start is the website for the Information Commissioners’ Office website at ico.org.uk. Businesses that already treat their data responsibly and with respect will find this manageable and businesses … [Read more...] about Firms in the dark about new data law
Anxiety about illegal immigration has been allowed to “grow unchecked” because of a shortage of official information on the scale of the problem, MPs have warned. MPs said the lack of data has been perceived as the Government showing “indifference” towards an issue of “high public interest”. A report published by the Home Affairs Committee today describes the “long-standing paucity” of figures on the number of people in the UK unlawfully as a “serious concern”. Loading article content Officials insist it is not possible to accurately quantify the number of overseas nationals in the country illegally. Last year a former immigration enforcement chief claimed the figure was likely to run to more than a million. Thirteen years ago a Home Office assessment put the total unauthorised migrant population living in the UK in 2001 at 430,000. A report published by think-tank Civitas in June suggested that illegal … [Read more...] about MPS raise ‘serious’ concerns over lack of official data on illegal immigration
MINISTERS have published plans to lower the threshold of “serious crime” for police using surveillance powers to get round EU law that banned authorities from snooping on dangerous criminals.The new definition is for crimes that would attract a sentence of more than six months - instead of the general definition of “serious crime” that is three years or more in prison.It means police will continue to be able to obtain details on phone calls, emails and text messages to solve crime.But in order to comply with EU law the Government has been forced to strip police of the power to make decisions on when to use the surveillance powers.Instead the decision will now be taken by a new, independent regulatory body, called the Office for Communications Data Authorisations. In another change, the Government will outlaw police from using personal tax or health records to catch criminals.The move comes in response to a European Court of Justice judgement that ruled … [Read more...] about Minsters publish plans to scupper European Court of Justice protection for crooks
AN INTERNATIONAL hack has hit the UK with hundreds of thousands of people having their devices infected.TalkTalk and Post Office customers were targeted in the breach, with the increasingly common "mirai worm" technique believed to have been used.But what this cyber worm - and do we know who is behind the attack?Both TalkTalk and Post Office have been hit by a cyber attack, leaving hundreds of thousands of devices infected.The hack, which has recently caused major disruptions to the internet, TV and phone networks through Germany's Deutsche Telekom, works by exploiting a weakness in customer routers.The security vulnerability appears to exploit a type of router that is used by both Post Office and TalkTalk with malicious viruses able to get through unsecured ports.Due to the attack, the routers were unable to provide connections to their customers.A fix for the infection has since been deployed.About 100,000 Post Office broadband customers in the UK have been affected.About … [Read more...] about Why has TalkTalk and Post Office internet gone down, what is the Mirai worm cyber-attack and is your data at risk?
The future is a step closer now that the European Commission has adopted a proposal to compel EU member states to compile biometric information of their citizens and those wishing to enter their countries. In time, this data could appear in the form of fingerprints and electronic facial signatures on passports and visas, and provide further identification information via retinal eye scans at airports and borders. The passport proposal, agreed by the Commission last week, has now been passed to the European Council and European Parliament where further discussions and decisions will be made on whether to make it compulsory for all member states to store fingerprint data and digital facial images of nationals and immigrants who apply for visas or residence permits. Plan targets 2005 for new passport If Brussels does decide in favor of the proposals, it's possible that the traditional European passports could be replaced by a new biometric version as early as 2005. Under the … [Read more...] about EU Eyes Biometric Passport Plan
A draft law released by the German union for data protection (DVD) this week revealed that the interior ministry was proposing to drastically limit the powers of Germany's data protection authorities, banning them from investigating suspected breaches of people's medical and legal records. As well as expanding video surveillance with facial recognition software, the bill would limit the government's own data protection commissioners to checking that the technical prerequisites are in place to ensure that doctors' and lawyers' files are secure, but it stops them from following up when citizens report concerns that their data has been leaked. The bill would also shut down citizens' right to know what data is being collected about them - even by private firms, if releasing that information would "seriously endanger" a company's "business purposes," the SZ quoted the draft as saying. Thilo Weichert, former data protection commissioner for the state of Schleswig-Holstein and now DVD board … [Read more...] about Germany planning to ‘massively’ limit privacy rights
Whether it's research results, strategies for development, product information, client data or budget plans -- business secrets of successful companies are increasingly becoming coveted by industrious spies. The spies, said Elmar Remberg, deputy chief of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (Germany's domestic intelligence agency), come from the former republics of the Soviet Union, but primarily, from China. "China is intensively collecting information around the world -- political, military and scientific data, and company strategies in order close the gap in their technology developments as quickly as possible," Remberg said. Current studies show that around 40 percent of German companies fall prey to industrial espionage. Furthermore, expertise worth up to 50 billion euros ($74 billion) is at risk, according to the studies. The target of the espionage are primarily nano and armament technologies, as well as that involving transportation, environment and … [Read more...] about Foreign Intelligence Services Spy on German Companies
Admittedly, digital security isn't usually a core focus of media development organizations but it should be an important cross-sectoral topic. Because threats within the digital space are too serious and the goods digital security should protect are too important to ignore: namely, the rights to freedom of information and expression and the integrity of the users, their privacy and their personal data. But faced with multiple layers of threats and issues, the question is where should media development organizations begin. Several experts recommend anchoring the issue of digital security at the political level (Internet governance level) because of its overarching importance – and then implementing digital security in a graduated process at all levels of action. 1. Start at the top and agitate for digital security at a political level "Multiple security issues are damaging user confidence and have emerged as an existential threat to the future of the Internet," recently … [Read more...] about Digital security – act now!
It's a worst-case scenario the modern world just can't ignore: a cyber attack which brings down essential services and infrastructure. Yet government experts across Europe are taking this network doomsday idea seriously enough to develop strategies to respond to large failures of information systems. The problem is that not all of the EU's 27 members are giving cyber security the same priority. The planned overhaul of Europe's myriad cyber security response capabilities - expected to be announced later this month - is recognition that the majority of EU states are failing to keep up with the standards being set by a core group of seven or eight countries. And with information networks now going beyond national borders, cyber security in Europe is only as strong as its weakest link. The European Commission - the EU's executive - will adopt a wide-ranging cyber-security policy by the end of this month, in an attempt to harmonise the myriad national responses to cyber threats. … [Read more...] about EU gears up for cyber security overhaul