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Data Regulators are failing to enforce GDPR which is leading to massive ongoing Data Breaches and Exploitations of Privacy Details

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An ongoing investigation by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties has exposed how Google and IAB have continued to exploit EU and GDPR Law in sharing User Privacy Details with nearly 1,000 affiliated companies for further customer exploitation - and wholly without Explicit Consent as required by GDPR and EU Law.

 

It of course doesn’t help matters here that the UK’s regulator - the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has effectively placed itself on hiatus for the ...


How Apple's Newly Updated Safari Browser is Exposing the Fragmented, Unstable and Unsafe Nature of many leading websites

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Despite years of advance warning, and an already prevailing paradigm shift towards heightened user safety and explicit consent - several web properties have done little to prepare themselves for the new era of locked-down browser security. In fact I’ve almost noted a prevalence of certain websites doubling down on their misguided stance - and putting in place all manner of ad-blocker alerts pop-ups and barriers.

 

Apple Safari is now a 3rd Party Ad Blocking Analysis Blocking

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Apple's forthcoming Privacy and Security Centric iOS 14 Update has Media and Ad owners, and their Ad Platform suppliers worried

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We’ve known about Apple’s incoming iOS and general operating ecosystem changes for a while now - and have reported the key points in our fairly recent Privacy Details and Tracking Permissions article. Apple is very much doing the right thing for customers and customer protections here in fully properly incorporating ’Explicit Consent’, and privacy first principles into every part of its operation.

 

For far too long unscrupulous Advertisers, Trackers and Platforms...


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It’s been over a year now since GDPR took effect on May 25th 2018 - and for a while there it looked like the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) was going to take a particularly passive role in proceedings as to be fair - not very much happened in those first 12 months. And while there are far too many companies arbitrarily citing ’Legitimate Interests’ over and above those basic consumer rights afforded by ’Explicit Consent’ - it really looked as if this...

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GDPR impact already starting to wane

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Inconsistent oversight and enforcement of the new GDPR Privacy Regulations means that spam and fraud are on the rise again. I noted that the median value of spam held in my email quarantine folder dropped from around 120-130 at its peak down to around 80 at its lowest level - which is still far from exemplary but was a significant improvement. Checking on the Spam folder more recently shows that levels have largely crept back up to near as bad as they were before GDPR was introduced - which is ...


A 12 Step Visual Guide to Affino's Fully Baked-In GDPR Solution

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The purpose of this article is to give you a comprehensive overview of the extensive smart GDPR Solution fully built into the Affino Unified Digital Business Platform. These screens give you a shortcut on a lot of integral complexity which does still require a fair amount of setup - but with Affino’s detailed guides and live examples is something that any Affino Client can easily and relative quickly accomplish.

 

Affino’s GDPR is designed to fully safe-guard the consumer as ...


Facebook trending downwards after Poor Q2 Earnings and further Security Policy Revelations

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Facebook dropped roughly $123 billion in share value / market capitalisation after disappointing earnings for Q2 this year were revealed. Much of this has to do with the new GDPR regulations - which restrict what Facebook can legitimately do for advertisers and sponsors, but also there seems to be a noticeable backlash following revelations that Facebook sold on customers’ privacy details and contact lists to various suspect parties - including groups of supposed Russian Hacker types.

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Customer Charter vs Customer Platitudes vs GDPR

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So we’re about a month and a half into GDPR, and it seems that many companies haven’t really taken that much notice of the new laws. There’s lots of companies paying lip-service to GDPR, but many of their policies and actual activities are still in conflict with the new legislation. I do note that spam has tailed off quite significantly, but there are still a fair few suspect mailers in my spam folder. I am also still getting some weird and wonderful unsolicited propositions ...


GDPR: Legitimate Interest Assessment + Necessity and Balancing Tests

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As a likely DPO candidate, I’m still having a touch of a tricky time getting to grips with some of the key GDPR concepts, and in an attempt to better familiarise myself with the essential parameters, I am writing this piece as much for my own erudition as for the readers.

 

At the heart of most of this are these 3 key conditions:

  1. Your business / organisation needs to acquire explicit consent (logged opt-in) from a consumer on essentially how you market directly to them using
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Why GDPR is a good thing for all of us, but still only a step in the right direction

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My last post was about the dangers of spoofing / malware / ID theft - and a major reason why this is happening so much is that too many companies are recklessly and carelessly exploiting customer details and data - in fact various different types of your personal digital signature and ID. You for example order a pizza online - and are forced to fill in a mobile phone field - meaning forever after you have to fend off myriad call centres up and down the country or indeed on other continents - ...

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