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PIPEDA: A Practical Guide, Part 1

Jul 11, 2019 6:23:35 PM

Governments worldwide are prioritizing data privacy and personal information security, and have invested significant resources in creating data privacy laws and amending existing ones. The EU’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) was created to protect the individual citizens of the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA). However, its influence has extended beyond its intended borders, making it a more global law and leading to updated data security and privacy legislation in other countries.

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A stark reminder of the rules: BA faces eye-watering GDPR fine

Jul 8, 2019 8:43:17 AM


British Airways given £183 million fine for data breach – the first public GDPR fine in the UK

In the sunrise period for GDPR (the General Data Protection Regulation), it was a hot topic not just in the industry, but temporarily in the mainstream media as well. People with no interest in IT, never mind data security, were aware of the law and interested to see what was going to happen. A bit like how we all become Tennis aficionados for two weeks during Wimbledon. Since then, with (relatively speaking) small fines being issued which occurred under the old laws, the subject had left the mainstream again until today, with the news that the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has handed down a fine of £183 million to British Airways (BA).

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It’s a tricky balance: what CAN and MAY you test?

Jul 1, 2019 4:54:42 AM

You MAY not do testing with personal data...and many people say they CAN not do testing with anonymised data. But there is a balance between the two; you are both allowed to and able to do testing with data which is both realistic and scrambled.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that came into effect in May 2018 has changed the world’s view on data privacy. Every organisation that is either doing business with European Union citizens, or based within the EU, has spent many hours on the topic. It has changed the way we think about and act on personal data, from both a personal and business view.

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The SAP GDPR Journey: Next stop… Brexit

Jan 11, 2019 10:15:10 AM

The news in Europe is abuzz with Brexit and the many complexities around it. One of the many questions companies are considering is how compliance with GDPR is affected by Brexit...

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GDPR and POPIA: Data breach

Nov 28, 2018 7:23:42 AM

Missed the previous articles?  Read them here: Article 1 | Article 2 | Article 3 | Article 4 | Article 5 | Article 6 | Article 7 | Article 8

Breaches happen, and they will happen to you.  In the ninth and final article of this series, we look at how GDPR and POPIA treat data breaches. Read on:

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GDPR and POPIA: Data archiving

Nov 5, 2018 10:22:00 AM

Missed the previous articles?  Read them here: Article 1 | Article 2 | Article 3 | Article 4 | Article 5 | Article 6

How long can you keep data? In the seventh article in our series on GDPR and POPIA we look at the rules and exceptions for archiving data on systems.  Read on:

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SAP was built for customising...so were Data Disclose and Data Redact

Oct 31, 2018 5:55:37 AM

SAP: ERP off the shelf

Why has SAP been so successful for so long? Because they designed a massively powerful – and scalable – ERP system, which could be installed from the same CDs/DVDs/Files (delete as appropriate depending on your age) at almost any organisation in the world. From there it could be quickly/slowly/glacially (delete as appropriate depending on your industry/project scope etc) tailored to fit a very wide variety of business processes, just by making settings in the IMG. No need for custom code or tables in the database unless you really wanted to bring your own processes to the system, and even that wasn’t too hard to do. 

Read on to find out about:

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GDPR versus the Australian Privacy Act

Oct 22, 2018 4:24:02 AM

 The overview below is a comparison between the key changes in GDPR (the General Data Protection Regulation) and the Australian Privacy Act 1988. The aim of this comparison is to give you insight in the differences, and prepare you for what may be coming when the Australian privacy regulations are improved and brought up to the level of the European Union regulations.

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GDPR and POPIA: Data use

Oct 19, 2018 10:52:36 AM

Missed the previous articles?  Read them here: Article 1 | Article 2 | Article 3 | Article 4

In the fifth blog in our series, we look at the real reason for the existence of GDPR and POPIA: how we use data. This is where it gets really serious. Here is what we'll discuss:

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GDPR and POPIA: Data analysis

Oct 11, 2018 9:47:40 AM

Missed the previous articles?  Read them here: Article 1 | Article 2 | Article 3

It is official: we can't leave it all to the robots.  The fourth article of our series on GDPR and POPIA is all about data analysis and automated decisions. Read on: