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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Data Protection Act 2018- What Does It Mean To You?

In all the hyperbole and misinformation surrounding the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in recent weeks, it may have been easy to miss the UK passing its own updated data protection legislation – the imaginatively titled Data Protection Act 2018 (the Act), which helpfully also came into force on 25th May. This replaces the Data Protection Act 1998, which has …

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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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A Wealth of Data – Using Public Information

The latest investigation by the Daily Mail into the use of publicly-available personal information has hit the headlines. This time, the activities of university alumni and development teams is under the spotlight. Sadly, it’s the same mixture of issues first aired into the conduct of charities back in late 2016. The article has the same, …

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GDPR- What Are You Waiting For?

As the countdown to the GDPR enforcement date ticks away, organisations are starting to get to grips with their data protection responsibilities. However, a common theme is emerging at conferences, in online discussions and at meetings – the challenges of finding the “right” answers. Data protection law is not a checklist of actions, or a …

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