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007 in "For your GDPR Only"

MI6 HQ in London

When “M” has finished spymastering for the day, or pops out for a cheeky Nandos, we always see them locking the “Top Secret” files away in their office safe. We know that’s so that no secrets will be discovered, even if an enemy spy (or the tea person) manage to gain access to the empty office.

In business, we need to be like “M”

GDPR is about paper records as well as digital

In a previous post we looked at Data Protection and the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). However, we didn’t make it clear that the regulations don’t just apply to digital data stored on your IT systems and network but also apply to paper records too.

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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Privacy - associated with the GDPR

What is the General Data Protection Regulation Act

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the name given to the new law that will come into effect on 25 May 2018 to provide added protection and security to the data that businesses hold on, and about, individuals. It will replace the UK’s Data Protection Act (DPA).

If you are confused by somne of the terminology, we've put together a simple GDPR Glossary of Terms for reference.

Why do we need the GDPR

There has been a huge change in the amount of data, and the way we use it, since the Data Protection Act came into effect 20 years ago.

Back then, a home PC was a rarity, now it’s pretty much the norm and households typically have multiple devices (PCs/laptops, phones, tablets, smart TVs and other internet connected devices) whilst the majority of businesses are totally reliant on IT and data.

As a consequence of these changes the laws relating to data needed updating and there was a strong drive to have common data protection laws across the EU due to the increased globalisation of business. Brexit will have no impact on the new regulations

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WannaCry, Ransomware and Bitcoin

 

The recent "WannaCry" ransomware attack that hit the NHS (and more than 200,000 other victims across 150 countries) has focused attention on the CryptoCurrency called Bitcoin.

There have been numerous calls to outlaw Bitcoin and other CryptoCurrencies but there's a lot of misunderstanding, and a mistaken belief that they are only used to fund criminal activities.

Bitcoin, Crypto Virtual Currency

Articles in the mainstream media about Bitcoin have focused on its use by criminals, whether for the payment of ransom demands, or "laundering" normal money, or direct trading in illegal weapons and drugs on the "Dark Web."

"The Silk Road", for example was one notorious dark web site, using bitcoin to trade in drugs, weapons and other illegal services in a similar but secret way to normal on-line shopping. It was taken down by the FBI in 2014. But Bitcoin and other digital currencies were always intended for normal, legitimate purposes, and they are now experiencing a significant uplift in their (legal) use.

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