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The EU is currently putting together the General Data Protection Regulation – new legislation that will replace the Data Protection Act in May 2018. Why is it happening, and what will the impact be?
The GDPR shares many similarities with the existing DPA, but there are some important changes to be aware of.
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Katherine Hamilton reflects on the rising awareness of data privacy issues, and what’s being done to protect data.
As our Managing Director, Andy Hamilton, mentioned in his blog post on data privacy versus data security, data security has long ceased to be a problem in the grand scheme of things. Instead, data privacy has become a primary focus for many people – or rather, how to keep data private. For a long time these competing ideas seemed to be meshed together in an apparently unbreakable union. Quite simply, data security was the process for ensuring data privacy. Therefore, as long as data was secure it was private, or at least it seemed that way. However, in recent years these assumptions have been shaken and stirred somewhat, leaving us to challenge this old assumption and has brought data privacy to the fore, leaving the uncomfortable aftertaste lingering; is our data really private at all?
What is data privacy, and what are companies doing about it? Andy Hamilton, Managing Director of CompanyNet, looks at the issues and considers the implications for the cloud.
During a number of conversations recently, I have been intrigued to discover that many people still mix up the issues of privacy and security when discussing the public cloud. Using dictionary definitions this should not really be the case as both words have clear differentiation in their meanings. Perhaps one theory is that when thinking of data, it is still strongly associated with technology. Additionally, losing data because of an IT issue has been the most prominent issue leading to a huge focus on backing up, redundancy, co-location and so on.
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