Data Protection

Data protection relates to the obligations that govern how your personal data is used by the businesses you have supplied it to. Data protection laws are designed to protect users from misuse of data by the companies using it. Historically, protections have been relatively weak and laws have failed to keep up with technology. The waters get muddied when one considers the fact that the data being generated by users online and through their mobile devices is significant, and in many instances users sign up for free services where the real cost is actually through the use of their data. Often data collected and used is unknown to the user as many services take advantage of user’s time pressures when you accept terms and conditions without reading them in their entirety. Thus most of us accept terms and conditions daily without ever reading them. In the EU at least, there is broad recognition that it is clearly not appropriate.

The digital footprints we leave as we navigate around the web are also significant as we leave a trail of meta data and cookies in our wake. The metadata of behaviours and networks is often much more valuable than any personal data. Is it any wonder we are becoming increasingly aware of adverts following us around the web based on historic browsing histories? Unfortunately we usually only become aware of data protection issues when our own personal data leaks and yet another household name announces the latest security breach.

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Top 3 data types that criminals will attempt to obtain whenever they can

Data breaches have become the new norm these days, as criminals look to exploit various types of information. To make matters worse, enterprises and even governments are not known for keeping that information safe from prying eyes. Interestingly enough, there are specific types of data that criminals want more than others, which is not entirely surprising either.

Personal data being shared on huge scale, claims which?

Undercover researchers from the consumer group contacted 14 companies that sell data. They managed to access personal information about half a million people over the age of 50, including details about their salary and pensions.

Online security 101: tips for protecting your privacy from hackers and spies

Privacy is what sets us apart from the animals. It’s also what sets many countries and citizens apart from dictatorships and despots. People often don’t think about their rights until they need them – whether it’s when they’re arrested at a protest or pulled over for a routine traffic stop.

You’ve lost your IPhone. Now what?

Our phones hold it all: passwords, family photos, private messages. You only need to look at recent news coverage of the battle between the FBI and Apple to see just how critically we depend on our phones in today’s society, and how important they are to privacy.

The five-minute cio: helen dixon, data protection commissioner

Dixon describes GDPR as a “game-changer” in how organisations and individuals will treat and value data. While companies have been warned about punitive fines, one aspect that is rarely mentioned is the potential for civil action by individuals that will come in the wake of GDPR.

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