10 most Important things to know about GDPR compliance regardless of business size

The author is a UK qualified and fully licensed current practicing solicitor specialising in intellectual property cases and digital technology. His book A Business Guide to Business Law and the Internet published in 2002 has a whole chapter dedicated to the Directive 95/46/EC Data Protection Directive implemented as the Data Protection Act 1998 which has now been wholly repealed and replaced by GDPR

The Regulation (EU) 2016/679 General Data Protection Regulation comes into force this Friday 25 May 2018. Here are my picks of the ten most important things you need to know about GDPR regardless of the size of your business.

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Artificial Intelligence Laws, Privacy and the GDRP

According to sas.com the term ‘artificial intelligence’ (AI) was first coined in 1956, recently the pace of AI development has accelerated exponentially driven by big data, continual inventions of advanced algorithms, and ever advancing computing storage and processing power. AI essentially comprises of 1. Data 2. Information and 3. Knowledge. At its highest-level AI describes machines that are designed to mimic human behaviour. This includes how we reason, analyse, deduce and perceive. The popular depiction of AI are robots on the movie screen taking over the world, but AI is used every day in far simpler and less dramatic ways in our hospitals, schools, retail outlets, all around us.

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Parenting Mobile Apps Law

So you want to develop a parenting mobile app to exploit the commercial opportunities of the mobile app on demand services market. It’s a good bet. On demand services businesses like Uber have been very successful.

A great emerging target market is that of selling convenience to modern parents particularly with their children. The majority of mothers are in work. In 2014 87.7% of families were reported to be working families. This was the highest percentage since records began in 1996. [National Archives] The largest percentage increase in working families has been among lone parents with dependent children. [Citizens Advice Bureau]

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Healthcare Mobile App Technologies and Law

It has been a ground-breaking period for innovation and advances in the health care mobile app sector. Working on an acquisition attempt in 2003 by Medibuy Inc of the NHS data transfer framework brought my first taste of health sector technology. At that time the Internet, Intranets, Extranets and HTTPS – secure Hypertext Transfer Protocol were setting the new trends in health care technological innovation. Mobile Apps have long since taken over.

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United States Data Transfers

United States data transfers as well as other transfers of personal data outside of the EEA are tightly controlled, our focus is on transfers to US cloud servers.

At the moment managers responsible for information security and data protection throughout the European Economic Area including the UK are looking at how to solve a new challenge regarding privacy. This is due to the judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) in case C-362/14 of Maximillian Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner handed down on the 06th October 2015.

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Privacy

Data Protection Privacy Lawyers

Data Protection Privacy Lawyers review the revised ePrivacy directive that amends the:

Directive 2002/58/EC on privacy and electronic communications, which will be implemented on the 25 May 2011.

Essentially, the amendments are designed to bring improvement to the transparency and protection of privacy and personal data of Europeans in the online space.

The areas concerned are security breaches, spyware, cookies, enforcement of the rules and spam. The key changes:

1. Crossborder cooperation is improved with the UK information commission.

2. Anybody including an ISP will be able to bring legal proceedings against spammers.

3. Reinforcement of protection against data attributes and interception of user`s communications through (e.g. spyware & cookies) have been strengthened through the opt-in mechanism. In other words, explicit consent must be obtained before a website stores, collects, or uses data relating to users.

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