This is a blatant self-promotion, so feel free to ignore it!
I will be presenting at the BrightTalk Summit titled ‘GDPR: One Year Later‘ this coming Monday, May 20th at 11AM GMT.
In the panic leading up to May 25th 2018, many organisations did one of three things:
- Hired a lawyer first;
- Hired a data security expert first, or
- Absolutely nothing.
All of these approaches are wrong, and regardless of the size/type of your organisation, the first steps were exactly the same; Go find your data.
In this presentation we will simplify the process of achieving GDPR compliance so that anyone can get started.
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GDPR Starts With Your Data, Not With Lawyers
According to every statistic I’ve read, there is still a huge chunk of business owners who have not even read the GDPR yet, let alone done anything about it. To be clear; no matter the size of your business, you have to comply.
For example, Core Concept Security Ltd. (my company) is very small, but even I have to pay a ‘Data Protection Fee’ and sort out my contracts and privacy notices. What I DON’T have to do is:
- Designate a data protection officer (DPO) – Article 37, because I meet none of the criteria in 37(1)(a-c); or
- Produce a ‘record of processing’ – Article 30 because my company is under 250 employees and I do not meet any of the 30(5) criteria.
I know all of this because I HAVE read the GDPR, I HAVE sorted out my contracts and privacy notices, and I HAVE paid my data protection fee. There is no excuse I have heard to date for EVERY other small business not to do the same.
Follow these steps, and you’ll have done the most important thing imaginable; something: Continue reading
I was actually chuckling to myself as I wrote that title because I know you were thinking [the equivalent of] one of the following as you clicked on the link:
- If you have not read the GDPR: “That would be awesome!”
- If you have read the GDPR: “Don’t be so bloody stupid.”
No, of course
ISO 27001 certification won’t give you immunity from GDPR fines, even those related to data security breaches, which is the only
thing 27001 actually covers. Data security (as opposed to data processing
) is a single Article out of 99, and the fines related to data loss aren’t even the big ones (2%, not 4%
That said, I believe there is a much greater chance
of you being fined for lack of security than for any illegalities in your personal data processing.
It’s a matter of exposure.
I have lost count of the number of times I have included phrases like; “You have to ask the right questions
.” into my blogs, or into conversations with prospective clients. One of my primary roles as
a consultant is to to either help my clients do just that, or to give them the right answers first
if they are just too far behind the curve.
This is very easy in security, the ‘basics’ have not changed for generations, nor will they ever. So, for example, the question is never
; “What technology do I need?”, it’s; “What function
does the risk assessment say
But when it comes to GDPR, asking the right questions involves a significant amount of research and homework. Not only do you actually have to read
the damned thing several times yourself
, you have to understand it enough
to apply it to your unique requirements. You have to be able to take the next step or nothing will happen.
The title should actually be more in question form; Did you know
that there’s even a difference between being erased and being forgotten?
Article 17 of the GDPR is “Right to erasure (‘right to be forgotten’)
“, which suggests they are the same thing. They are not [quite], and I think the only reason the right to be forgotten was added in brackets is because everyone was already
calling it that. But it’s just not accurate …enough.
The right to be forgotten is intended to allow an individual to “determine the development of their life in an autonomous way, without being perpetually or periodically stigmatized as a consequence of a specific action performed in the past
.” For example; you may have been guilty of a minor criminal offence 30 years ago, which in the UK would likely make that offence “spent” (i.e. it should not be considered in any decisions against you related to insurance, employment, loans and so forth). However, if this criminal record has been posted online then duplicated in numerous forms all over the place, it will never go away. In other words, you’ve paid
your ‘debt to society’ but it will haunt you for the rest of your days.