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Launch of the IRMS Third Sector Retention and Disposal Toolkit

The Information and Records Management Society (IRMS) and Protecture were delighted to formally launch the IRMS Third Sector Retention and Disposal Toolkit and Schedule at an event in Central London last week. Attendees from a number of charities, not-for-profits and companies heard Scott Sammons, Chair of the IRMS, argued passionately for the benefits of record …

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Equifax – 12 lessons to learn

As the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA98) comes to an end, we have a first! The first maximum fine under the old law was issued in September to Equifax Ltd. If you’ve heard any of the Data Protection Leads here at Protecture speak about basic security issues facing organisations, you will have heard us talk …

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Cookie D’oh!

With the news that the changes to ePrivacy law have now been delayed until 2020, now is a good time to evaluate whether your organisation’s practices are already in line with existing electronic privacy law. The ePrivacy Regulation is likely to strengthen the current provisions of PECR in similar ways to which GDPR strengthened previous …

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What would you say? 20 questions from the ICO

What would you say? 20 questions from the ICO The findings from the ICO’s latest Information Risk reviews highlight the many and varied areas that data protection risk touches upon. We turned the findings into the 20 key questions you should ask yourself about data protection at your organisations. Do you have a clear Data …

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Have You Reddit?

On the 1st of August a hugely popular website, Reddit, announced that it had been hacked. If you’ve not seen it, Reddit is a vaguely social network (explored further below) where registered members can post links, news and discuss almost anything on a series of message boards. Users need an email address and password but are seemingly anonymous …

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Facebook and ‘CA’ – not Cambridge Analytica, but Custom Audiences

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you will have noticed that Facebook’s business practices have been coming under the microscope of public scrutiny. It’s been well-known for a long time among the data protection and marketing communities that Facebook operates by harvesting, generating and acquiring large amounts of …

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Updating consent – implications of the Flybe and Honda fines

On 27th March 2017, the ICO issued Monetary Penalty Notices to Honda and Flybe, having determined that their approaches to confirming customers’ contact details and marketing preferences were not compliant with PECR (The Privacy & Electronic Communications Regulations 2003). Since these fines were issued, there has been some concern about whether this means that verification …

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Fifty Shades of Screening – Fundraising and Regulatory Compliance

The ICO’s new guidance addresses key questions that remained unanswered following the RSPCA and BHF fines: Do you need consent to undertake wealth screening? Is it compliant to use publicly available personal information for fundraising purposes? First, this is a complicated area of law…so don’t believe everything you read: the Data Protection Act (DPA) is …

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