GRTU Malta Chamber of SMEs last week organised a seminar for business owners to assist Maltese SMEs in becoming compliant with the new General Data Protection Regulation. The seminar was held at Montekristo Estate. The new GDPR enters into force in a month's time on 25 May. For the first time, this new regulation will create a common set of EU rules to enable the flow of data in the EU Digital Single Market and give stronger rights to citizens and consumers. GRTU remains committed to ensure that SMEs are provided with all the information which would enable their business to become compliant and avoid the hefty fines that could be imposed by this regulation. GRTU insists that there is no one-size-fits-all and that the implementing authorities shall continue with their awareness educational campaign before opting for penalising genuine omissions. This is a learning process for all stakeholders. GRTU president Paul Abela said "with the advancements of electronics, IT and social media, the … [Read more...] about GRTU supports business owners in ensuring compliance with new, onerous, data protection rules
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0 Have your say Dear Reader, Tomorrow MPs will vote on proposed amendments to the Data Protection Bill that will, if successful, force newspapers like The Yorkshire Post to accept the Orwellian fate of State-sponsored regulation, or face Damoclean legal costs which would deter and distract regional newspaper editors, inhibiting our ability to undertake rigorous public interest journalism on your behalf, for fear of retaliative financial attacks. There are two amendments proposed: one by former Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband and one by current Deputy Labour Leader Tom Watson, which fundamentally threaten your right to know:The Watson Amendment: this will introduce new costs sanctions which will force most publishers to pay all claimants’ costs in any legal action, win or lose;The Miliband Amendment: brings yet another inquiry into all media organisations with a view to establishing more limitations as to what we can and cannot publish about those we hold to account, … [Read more...] about Why you need to tell your MP to stop the amendments to the Data Protection Bill and protect UK journalism
When MPs go to work tomorrow I’ll find out whether I can tell my doctor things in confidence. I’ll learn whether my future children will be safe in school. Tomorrow our representatives will decide whether I – and millions just like me – will ever again be able to access vital public services without fear of being taken away from our families and friends, thrown into detention centres and then deported from a country we consider home. This is because the Government's Data Protection Bill – meant to give us all more power over our personal information – includes an “immigration exemption”. This enables state bodies and other organisations to share people's confidential data without them having the right to know this is happening, or to object – all for “effective immigration control”. The proposal is vaguely worded so no one really knows the full extent of what it will mean in practice. But as Liberty says, we can … [Read more...] about The Tories want you to think their new Data Protection Bill is empowering – but its ‘immigration exemption’ will make life hell for people like me
The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the biggest overhaul of data privacy laws in over 20 years. The law will come into force on May 25, giving EU citizens new rights over how their personal data are used. Companies doing business in the EU will face new rules on how they handle people’s data and stiff penalties for breaching the law. Here are some key elements of GDPR: NEW DEFINITION OF PERSONAL DATA Under GDPR, personal data is anything that relates to an identified or identifiable individual. For example: name, address, email address, location data or computer IP address. Sensitive data, such as religious beliefs, racial or ethnic origin, sexual orientation or trade union membership, are subject to extra protections. STRONGER RIGHTS FOR EUROPEANS People living in the EU will get the right to: – Receive clear and understandable information about who is processing their data and why. – Access data an organisation holds about them. … [Read more...] about Europe’s new data protection law: what will change?
The Government has been criticised for the “unacceptable” slow pace of the Data Protection Bill ahead of the introduction this month of a major EU law to combat data misuse. Data protection specialist Noel Doherty said the Government had known for two years the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), comes into effect on May 25, yet it is in a race against time with its own bill. “The Government has been remiss in the delay in bringing the Data Protection Bill forward to provide the framework for the application of the GDPR in Ireland,” said Mr Doherty. “The GDPR was published in May of 2016 and EU member states were given two years to bring legislation forward. Yet here we are in May 2018, awaiting legislation that will affect individual rights, commercial decisions and the very nature and practice of how small and large businesses operate in respect of personal data.” The regulation is designed to harmonise data privacy laws across Europe and to … [Read more...] about ‘Government remiss in Data Protection Bill delay’