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Meta (Facebook) Fined £14 Million

Meta has been fined €17 million for twelve breaches of the EU GDPR. The company, formerly known as Facebook, violated several GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) requirements. More than 30 million people have been affected. The Irish DPC (Data...

Special Categories of Data

What is special category data? Found out here. Special category data is personal data that needs more protection because it is sensitive.In order to lawfully process special category data, you must identify both a lawful basis under Article 6 of the UK GDPR. You also...

Six Data Privacy Mistakes every company makes

Does the following sentence sound familiar?  “I have read and accepted the privacy policy.”  This checkbox is found beneath various online forms. It’s completely superfluous. There is no need to accept a privacy policy because it merely serves an informational...

The GDPR Accountability Principle

The GDPR Accountability Principle is one of the data protection principles. It makes you responsible for complying with the UK GDPR. The regulation states that you must be able to demonstrate your compliance. It is sometime known as the seventh principle....

GDPR Accountability Checklist

Welcome to our GDPR Accountability Checklist. ☐ We take responsibility for complying with the UK GDPR, at the highest management level and throughout our organisation. ☐ We keep evidence of the steps we take to comply with the UK GDPR. We put in place...

7 Common Phrases that can kill your credibility

Don't destroy trust and erode confidence with colleagues and clients alike by using these expressions that will ruin your credibility. We all use common expressions in everyday conversations that we don’t realise can come across as insecure and even dishonest. To make...

GDPR Email Questions Answered

There are many GDPR email related questions GDPR Email Questions Answered: We’ve been contacted with many GDPR email related questions so we thought we would share for you the most common ones: Is sharing an email address a breach of GDPR? This depends on two things:...

The GDPR Accountability Checklist

Take the test Ask yourself the following questions We take responsibility for complying with the UK GDPR, at the highest management level and throughout our organisation. We keep evidence of the steps we take to comply with the UK GDPR. We put in place appropriate...

Cabinet Office Fined for Serious Data Breach

Howard Freeman - November 2021 A 'complete disaster' is how the publication of the home addresses of recipients of awards in the 2020 New Years Honours List has been labelled Iain Duncan-Smith, called for an urgent inquiry into the incident. He also warned of legal...

Pub apps demanding too much customer data unnecessarily

Pub and restaurant chain apps are requiring such data as gender and marital status. This is raising eyebrows among privacy campaigners and industry analysts alike. The Information Commissioner’s Office warned that many pubs and restaurants were asking customers for...

GDPR and Data Retention

Data Protection Law has changed in the United Kingdom as we have now left the European Union. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires organisations to create a GDPR and data retention policy's schedule. Its purpose is to help them manage the way they...

Is New York the next City to enforce Data Protection?

New York Consumer Privacy Bill is to be Reintroduced On 13th May 2021, New York State Senator Kevin Thomas, the Chair of New York’s Consumer Protection Committee, reintroduced the New York Privacy Act (“NYPA”). The act is designed to be a comprehensive consumer...

Practice Hub Data Breach

A story from last month that Practice Hub, an online service for Chiropractors and other practices, was breached. Details emerged in May about a serious incident involving the Practice Hub data breach. We have been working to find out exactly what has happened and...

GDPR Compliance is only ever a phone call away

BACKGROUND GFHR Consulting is as an Independent HR Consultancy based in South East England. Founded by Gemma Farina in 2010, Gemma and her team of HR experts have helped hundreds of small and medium sized organisations with their HR issues, requests and...

Tories fined for Breach of the PECR

The Conservative party has been fined £10,000 for a breach of the PECR, the ICO announced today. The fine is for sending 51 marketing emails to people who did not want to receive them. The fine follows an ICO investigation relating to emails sent from the Conservative...

GDPR – 3 Years and counting

The 25th May 2018 saw the GDPR become enforced in law. But what exactly changed and where are we now? The flurry of emails demanding your consent to this that and the other have now ended thankfully. Businesses have now realised that consent is not the only way to...

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