Today, it’s very hard for a company to do everything. In IT, cloud services like Microsoft and Google replace internally hosted applications like email. Companies bring in agencies and consultants to supply services and skills to complement their internal teams. Marketers will also use publications and social networks to raise awareness of their products through advertising.

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The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) issued Equifax Ltd with a £500,000 fine for failing to protect the personal information of up to 15 million UK citizens during a cyber attack in 2017.

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There’s a little phrase in circulation at the moment – ‘post GDPR’. It’s comforting to many. Sighs of relief all round the boardroom table: GDPR day came and went and we didn’t get caught – don’t know what all the fuss was about”.

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Nothing brings the realities of breaches home like a personal loss. In the case of Richard Rushing, CISO Motorola Mobility, a soon-to-be-infamous piece of ransomware infected a company laptop in the care of one of his employees.

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New research has discovered that companies around the world are still not getting GDPR basics right.

 Cloud data specialist, Talend, discovered that 70% of global businesses failed to fulfil personal data requests made by clients within the one-month cut-off time stipulated by new data security rules coming out of Europe.

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GDPR is a hot topic, and will continue to be for the foreseeable future. But there are still a lot of businesses that are grappling with the new data privacy regulations. In my view, there are two major camps in the B2B space that businesses fall into regarding data privacy regulations. Businesses that put their customers at their centre of universe, and ones that do not.

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When Spanish telecommunications company Telefonica was infected by ransomware in 2017, it reportedly advised staff to switch off their computers – the technological equivalent of playing dead, but considerably more costly.

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As a reader of GDPR.Report, Data Protection World Forum is offering free passes to access 5 theatres, 60+ speakers, two-days of content, 100 solutions & services, demo zones and networking opportunities.

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Recent research by TrustArc highlighted that only 20% of companies surveyed believe they are GDPR compliant, while 53% are in the implementation phase and 27% have not yet started their implementation.

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BA has been plunged into crisis over its IT system yet again, this time its theft of customer data, including personal financial data, that are involved.

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