GDPR is still a thing btw

Remember when GDPR was more popular than Beyoncé (kinda)? That might have been two years ago now, but the subject’s not gone away, however much some organisations might wish it to. Ireland, Luxembourg need more muscle to police tech giants, EU report says – ReutersThe report said that data protection agencies across the 27-country bloc … Continue reading “GDPR is still a thing btw”

Struggling with GDPR, or just ignoring it?

It’s been over a year now, but are we all still feeling our way with GDPR? PwC’s data practices rejected in GDPR rebuke With enforcement of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) still in its infancy, companies may be floating trial balloons to see which arguments resonate with authorities. PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) recently tested the … Continue reading “Struggling with GDPR, or just ignoring it?”

Google’s GDPR probe

A year on from GDPR Day, and Irish eyes are staring in Google’s direction. Irish regulator opens first privacy probe into GoogleGoogle’s lead regulator in the European Union, Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner, opened its first investigation into the U.S. internet giant on Wednesday over how it handles personal data for the purpose of advertising. The … Continue reading “Google’s GDPR probe”

GDPR is still a thing, right?

Some recent data protection stories that have caught my eye. French data watchdog dishes out largest GDPR fine yet: Google ordered to hand over €50m The French agency, CNIL, ruled today that the search giant had offered users inadequate information, spreading it across multiple pages, and had failed to gain valid consent for ads personalisation. … Continue reading “GDPR is still a thing, right?”

Another day, another GDPR email

GDPR finally comes into force on Friday, and there seems to be no let up in the privacy notice update emails we’re all getting. This raised a smile though. Most GDPR emails unnecessary and some illegal, say expertsWhat’s more, Vitale said, if the business really does lack the necessary consent to communicate with you, it … Continue reading “Another day, another GDPR email”

GDPR Day’s getting nearer

The EU’s Regulation 2016/679 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data was signed off on 27 April 2016, two years ago. It becomes enforceable from 25 May 2018. Have we been using these last two years to get ready? This, … Continue reading “GDPR Day’s getting nearer”

GDPR and a Digital Protection Agency?

Ok, I know I said that I’ll stop reading articles about personal data abuses, but they just keep coming. Silicon Valley has failed to protect our data. Here’s how to fix it What’s been unfolding for a while now is a rolling catastrophe so obvious we forget it’s happening. Private data are spilling out of … Continue reading “GDPR and a Digital Protection Agency?”

Sending a message to WhatsApp

WhatsApp fined $267 million for breaching EU privacy law – The VergeIreland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) announced the decision in an 89-page summary (PDF), noting that WhatsApp did not properly inform EU citizens how it handles their personal data, including how it shares that information with its parent company. WhatsApp hit with €225M privacy fine … Continue reading “Sending a message to WhatsApp”

Everything’s a game

Two simple but fiendish online puzzles. Cookie Consent Speed.RunSince GDPR came into our lives, we’ve all had to struggle with obtaining our basic privacy rights. With each cookie banner we have all been honing our skills, learning to navigate ambiguous options and distrust obvious buttons. Now is your chance to show what you have learnt. … Continue reading “Everything’s a game”

Cancelled exams and dodgy data

A couple of education news stories to keep an eye on. None of this seems to be getting easier. Scottish Government confirms National 5 exams won’t take place in 2021 but Highers will go ahead – Daily RecordSwinney continued: “In a normal exam year, National 5s constitute more than half of all exams taken. From … Continue reading “Cancelled exams and dodgy data”


We’ll get along fine once you realise I’m not very consistent here. This collection of links has gone through a number of platforms and domain names over the years, and I regularly change my mind about how to organise and display everything.

Leave us alone

Hot on the heels of Robot Day is Data Protection Day, initiated by the Council of Europe  in 2007. On 28 January, member states of the Council of Europe & EU institutions celebrate #DataProtectionDay. It marks the anniversary of “Convention 108”. The first binding international law concerning individuals’ rights to protection of their personal data. … Continue reading “Leave us alone”

Data disasters

Check out this interactive ‘balloon race’ data visualisation from Information Is Beautiful, of all the major data breaches from the last ten years. Billions of records. You can choose to highlight the items by year or data sensitivity, and filter for different sectors like academic, governmental or the media. World’s biggest data breaches & hacks … Continue reading “Data disasters”

Are we all under surveillance?

We’re used to seeing CCTV cameras absolutely everywhere in this country, but this creepy introduction of facial-recognition technology is something I thought only happens in places like authoritarian China. ‘Deeply concerned’ UK privacy watchdog thrusts probe into King’s Cross face-recognizing snoop cam brouhahaIt emerged earlier this week that hundreds of thousands of Britons passing through the … Continue reading “Are we all under surveillance?”

More data breach fines

Flying off to a nice hotel somewhere? British Airways gets hammered with a record £183m fine for data breachThe incident came to light last September, when British Airways revealed that a sophisticated hack had led to 380,000 customer accounts being compromised, although that initial figure turned out to be an underestimation, with some 500,000 people … Continue reading “More data breach fines”

Don’t leave your computer unattended

Or this might happen. Update faker Update Faker allows you to “fake a system update”, it’s the perfect way to prank your friends, family members or colleagues. Especially when they’re working on something rather important. Yes, it’s just a silly prank (reminds me a little of Hacker Typer), but you could see it as an … Continue reading “Don’t leave your computer unattended”

Another day, another data protection issue

We’re generating data all the time, without realising, and without really knowing where it all goes. Users told to ditch OneDrive and Office 365 to avoid ‘covert’ data harvesting Microsoft Office and Windows 10 Enterprise uses a telemetry data collection mechanism that breaches the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), according to a 91-page report … Continue reading “Another day, another data protection issue”

Remember the hacking cough?

More hacking schadenfreude, but with an added GDPR element this time. First, the hapless Tories. Major security flaw in Tory conference app reveals users’ data Commentators said the flaw raised questions over the ability of the government to harness technology to solve issues around the Irish border and customs checks. The app may also have … Continue reading “Remember the hacking cough?”

Follow the data

I’m hearing more and more about data ethics. It wasn’t ‘a thing’ before, was it? But it certainly is now. Here’s a very interesting take on it: flow. The ethics of data flow In Privacy in Context, Helen Nissenbaum connects data’s mobility to privacy and ethics. For Nissenbaum, the important issue isn’t what data should … Continue reading “Follow the data”