On 5 October 2016, Talk Talk was issued with a £400,000 fine – the highest fine yet from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) – for breach of its security obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA).
The current data protection laws in the EU date back to a Directive adopted in 1995, when the web boasted all of 23,500 websites. Nobody but a small community of IT visionaries saw anything like social media, cloud computing, or big data on the map; and few people had mobile phones.
A lot can happen in two years. By 2018 we are expected to have witnessed the first human head transplant, Adobe Flash is predicted to be no more, the UK may or may not have left the EU and the flow of data into organisations will have increased by as much as five-fold, according […]
Whether or not the UK stays or leaves the European Union, new data protection laws will still apply to your business if you deal with others in the EU. This year the Network and Information Security Directive (NISD) is due to come into force, followed by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in 2018. Only […]
The rules and regulations relating to how merchants and retailers capture, store, share and process customer and staff data are about to change. It will apply to all EU member states without a need for local legislation. At the start of this year the European Commission unveiled a draft of its European Data Protection Regulation […]
Back in 2012 the European Commission (EC) revealed its plan to completely revamp the 1995 EU data protection law, bringing it out of the Stone Age and making it fit for the 21st century. Every two days we create more data than ever existed before 2003. Businesses and consumers expect data to be accessible wherever and whenever they want. With the increasing adoption of sensor driven technology, cloud computing, BYOD and a whole host of other advances many feel that the old 1995 legislation needs, at the very least, a refresh.