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Scottish Water provides vital infrastructure on a national scale. We take a look at how, as part of their digital transformation, they are taking control of a major asset: information.
Water is one of our most vital assets. As a publicly-owned company, answerable to the Scottish Parliament and the people of Scotland, Scottish Water is responsible for providing 1.34 billion litres of drinking water and taking away 847 million litres of waste water every day.
Scottish Water has long recognised the value of its physical assets, which are instrumental in discharging its responsibilities to Parliament and the people. Of pumps, plants or reservoirs, and the people who operate and maintain them.
But it’s only more recently that Scottish Water began to fully realise the intrinsic value of its information as an asset.
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?
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