Registering with data protection regulators when sponsoring or conducting clinical trials

Organisations involved in clinical trials in European Union (EU) Member States, or the UK should consider whether they need to register with data protection regulators. Before the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) entered into force in May 2018, the data protection laws in the EU (which at the time included the UK) required organisations [...]

By |2022-04-26T09:05:49+01:0026th April, 2022|DPO, Life Sciences|

Key considerations for tackling ransomware

Recent headlines have highlighted the growing cybersecurity risks to UK firms, in line with the ‘steady and significant’ rise in ICO-reported attacks. Additionally, there has been some speculation that risks will continue to grow in retaliation to sanctions against Russia. However, not all attacks are equal. Since the ICO began publishing their data in [...]

By |2022-03-31T15:17:18+01:0030th March, 2022|Cybersecurity, DPO|

When is doing the right thing actually right?

It is always the right time to do the “right thing.” However, determining an objectively “right” path to follow can be a challenge. Specifically, what does that mean as applied to data privacy and security? Contemporarily, multinational corporations’ success depends significantly on the world seeing them as good corporate citizens worthy of investment. As [...]

By |2022-03-31T15:18:47+01:0010th March, 2022|DPO, ESG, Governments, ThoughtLeadership|

Top 10 tips on building a framework for privacy accountability

The GDPR created the obligation for organisations to demonstrate compliance with its rules. Unfortunately, the GDPR offered little practical guidance on how, exactly, to demonstrate compliance. To help, here are our top 10 tips that organisations should consider when thinking about how to demonstrate compliance. 1. Record everything When making decisions about how to [...]

By |2022-02-25T11:18:49+00:0018th February, 2022|DPO, Tips|

Top considerations for clinical trials

After the hiatus brought about by the pandemic, activity in the clinical trials sector is now growing, with a number of trials due to launch at the end of this quarter. Increasingly, participants in trials and partners in Clinical Research Organisations (CROs) are seeking assurance that a Data Protection Officer (DPO) has been appointed [...]

By |2022-03-31T09:34:17+01:0026th January, 2022|DPO, Life Sciences, News, ThoughtLeadership|

Data Protection Day

Recent decisions by the French Data Protection Authority (DPA), the CNIL and the Austrian DPA, the Datenschutzbehörde (or DSB), have thrown tracking activities into sharp focus.  CNIL Cookie Decisions   On 6 January, the CNIL found that on both Google and Facebook’s websites it was harder to reject cookies than to accept them and fined [...]

By |2022-01-28T10:42:15+00:0019th January, 2022|DPO, International, News|

China’s Personal Information Protection Law Generates High Demand for DPO Services

According to the Financial Times, demand for data protection officers (DPOs) has skyrocketed since the coming into force of the Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL) in China on 1 November 2021. The PIPL is China’s first comprehensive data protection legislation and is based on the constitution. The law is designed to “protect personal information rights [...]

By |2022-01-28T10:42:24+00:0012th November, 2021|DPO, Governments, International, News|

Africa focus – Kenya’s Data Protection Act 

Since the passage of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in 2018, many countries are striving to be GDPR-compliant, and Kenya is no exception. As one of the growing fintech hot spots in Africa, the rapid advancement of technology in Kenya has been turning heads in data protection. It was recently reported that fintech innovations in Kenya immensely contributed to the sharp rise in the accessibility to basic [...]

By |2021-10-06T16:34:45+01:006th October, 2021|DPO, Governments, International|

The role of privacy in ESG investing

ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) criteria are non-financial factors used by socially-responsible investors to assess companies they are considering investing in. ESG is an increasingly popular metric. According to Bloomberg, Global ESG assets are expected to exceed $53 trillion by 2025, more than a third of the $140.5 trillion in projected total assets under management. [...]

By |2021-10-04T17:58:41+01:004th October, 2021|DPO, Financial, ThoughtLeadership|

Analysing the €225 million fine against WhatsApp

The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) has announced a €225 million fine against WhatsApp Ireland Ltd for breaches of the GDPR. It is the second highest fine ever issued under the GDPR. The fine followed breaches by WhatsApp of its GDPR transparency obligations to users and non-users in relation to how their data was [...]

By |2021-09-08T18:17:52+01:008th September, 2021|DPO, Governments, News|
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