Demystifying GDPR myths and grey areas

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been the buzz word that is causing media hype and organisations across the globe. You can find myths and misconceptions around GDPR more than you can find factual information. This blog post will address some of the key myths that we have found.

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Privacy by Design

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner recently implemented an incentive called the “Privacy Trust Mark”, which is an accreditation given to organisations/agencies who demonstrate excellent privacy standards for a specific product, service or process. The OPC is assessing the applications based on the 7 principles of ‘Privacy by Design’ that were created by Dr Ann Cavoukian (Information & Privacy Commissioner, Ontario, Canada). This is a brief run through in case you believe your organisation is up for the challenge.

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New Privacy Bill

After 25 years the New Zealand Privacy Act is finally getting an update! It is based on 2011 recommendations from the Law Commission’s review. The new bill has just been released on 20th March and the act will come into force on 1st July 2019.
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Cyber Smart Week – Practical Security

Getting the basics right

Getting practical security information and guidance shouldn’t be so hard. Unfortunately, sometimes it can feel that way. Yes, there may be times when you will need to bring in specialists to assist your business to meet its security needs, but there are many aspects of security which you can choose to do, even on the leanest of budgets.

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Who cares about unique identifiers?

Almost everyone has been on the receiving end of a request to provide photo identification (most commonly a drivers’ licence or a passport) when applying for a bank account, or purchasing a new mobile phone, or some similar account-based transaction. The person making the request typically either writes down the details of the document or photocopies it. But there is one piece of information that should not be captured unless there is a legitimate reason to – the unique identifier.
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