The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the most important change in data privacy regulation in 20 years – we’re here to make sure you’re prepared.
After four years of preparation and debate the GDPR was finally approved by the EU Parliament on 14 April 2016. Enforcement date: 25 May 2018 – at which time those organizations in non-compliance may face heavy fines.
The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) replaces the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC and was designed to harmonize data privacy laws across Europe, to protect and empower all EU citizens data privacy and to reshape the way organizations across the region approach data privacy.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force on the 25th May 2018, replacing the existing data protection framework under the EU Data Protection Directive.
As a regulation, it will not generally require transposition into Irish law (regulations have ‘direct effect’), so organisations involved in data processing of any sort need to be aware the regulation addresses them directly in terms of the obligations it imposes. The GDPR emphasises transparency, security and accountability by data controllers and processors, while at the same time standardising and strengthening the right of European citizens to data privacy.
Raising awareness among organisations and the public aware of the new law will be a combined effort of the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC), the Government, practitioners, and industry and professional representative bodies. Over the course of 2017, the DPC will be proactively undertaking a wide range of initiatives to build awareness of the GDPR, in particular providing guidance to help organisations prepare for the new law which comes into force on 25 May 2018.
The DPC is also an active participant in the Article 29 Working Party (WP29) comprising representatives from each EU member state’s Data Protection authority. The WP29 has a central role in providing further explanatory and practical guidance on key provisions of the GDPR.
The DPC has launched a GDPR-specific website www.GDPRandYou.ie with guidance to help individuals and organisations become more aware of their enhanced rights and responsibilities under the General Data Protection Regulation.
The DPC has also prepared an introductory document for organisations to help them as they transition to GDPR: “The GDPR and You”. This document lists 12 steps which organisations should take in order to be GDPR ready by 25 May 2018. It should be noted that the guide is not an exhaustive list and organisations should ensure that their preparations take account of all actions required to bring them into compliance with the new law.
ETL e-commerce website Roscommon launched displaying over 300 giftware and art related products. Fully optimised and using the latest Paypal and Stripe secure payment gateways the website allows users to easily navigate through a veritable Aladdins cave of gift ideas for every occasion. So please view http://irishartgiftware.com/ and not only will you be able to view the website design and development but buy yourself something nice as well.
We are delighted to launch a new website for Carousel Enterprises based in Ballina Co Mayo, they are Event specialists providing a for-hire service for a comprehensive range of party and event products for the whole of Ireland. Why not visit: http://toonsandballoons.com/
Are you a school looking for a way to communicate with your staff and students? Why not consider a multi-platform website that will easily allow you to add news and events quickly and easily. We have worked with a number of schools to provide such a service.
Example of our school websites:
http://castlereacs.com – Castlerea Community School, Castlerea, Co Roscommon.
Trust is essential in today’s world wide web – even for non-ecommerce sites. Google and many others now recommend that all websites should have a security certificate, and they give priority to those sites that do.
Traditionally, users looked for secure web communications with banks and e-commerce sites, when entering credit card details or personal information. However, several initiatives led by industry and advocacy groups have encouraged the use of ‘HTTPS everywhere’ in recent years.
As the web has become more social, almost all web communication now involves the use of ‘personally identifiable information’ (PII) in some way – even when we’re not actually sharing financial information.
Any piece of compromised information, however small, can be used in ‘social engineering’ attacks to contribute to personation or fraud.
As a result, HTTPS is fast becoming the norm for all web communication, and digital certificates are now an essential requirement. Websites without SSL are increasingly at a disadvantage. Google already ranks such sites lower in search results, and they will soon begin flagging them in red, meaning ‘not secure’, in the Chrome web browser.
Gallagher Motors provide the servicing of all cars and light commercials and all types of repairs. Batteries, Anti-Freeze, Tyres, Exhausts, Clutches Brakes, Timing Belts Focusing, Headlights.
Tyre Centre / Puncture Repair
Gallagher Motors are providers of a huge range of tyres and stock a large array of well known tyre brands, these include Continental, Bridgestone, Pirelli, Dunlop, Michelin, Barum & Sportiva.
Gallagher Motors Fleet Management
Gallagher Motors planned preventative fleet maintenance service packages maximize the performance, safety, and fuel efficiency of your fleet. … You can count on everything a preventive and predictive maintenance plan needs to keep your fleet (Car & Van) running
Snap On Engine Diagnostics
Our team of professionally qualified engineers, using our modern workshop that’s equipped with the latest diagnostics technology
Gallagher Motors Recovery Service
Gallagher Motors provide a 24 hour vehicle recovery service locally using our tow truck. We also provide a car transporters
With the trend ever increasing towards online spending it is estimated that only 23% of small Irish businesses are engaged in any meaningful way in e-commerce sales. For businesses employing less than ten people this percentage could be even lower. It is now believed that of online purchases made in Ireland that 70% of these are done in overseas markets.
There is now an urgency to ensure that businesses recognise that this is happening and that they are encouraged and supported to correctly respond to this digital reality.
Vouchers will be available to a maximum value of €2,500 or 50% eligible expenditure (exclusive of VAT), whichever is the lesser;
Voucher approval must be gained prior to incurring any expense;
Own labour is not an eligible expense;
Third party costs only will be considered;
All third party/supplier invoices must contain proper business details (e.g. Tax and Business Registration details).
The vouchers are targeted at businesses with the following profile:
Limited online trading presence;
Less than 10 employees;
Applicants must be registered and trading for minimum of 12 months;
Turnover less than €2million.
Ineligible projects include:
Commercial semi-state companies;
”Not for profit” organisations;
Company representation bodies such as Chambers of Commerce.
What can The Online Trading Vouchers be used for:
The development or upgrade of an e-commerce website such as implementing online payments or booking systems;
Purchase of Internet related software;
Development of an app;
Implementation of a digital marketing strategy;
Consultation with ICT experts for early stage adopters of online strategy;
Training/skills development specifically to establish and manage an online trading activity.
Vouchers cannot be used for:
Development of brochure websites;
Purchase of non-internet related software;
Anything other than online trading related activity.
Read the terms and conditions;
Complete and sign application form and return to Local Enterprise Office
Enclose copies of three quotations in respect of each proposed element of work.
Ransomware is a kind of malicious script or software that installs itself on your computer without your knowledge. Once it’s installed and running, it will lock down your system and won’t allow you to access any files or programs on that computer. Usually, as in this current WannaCry exploit, it will alert you to the lockdown with an impossible-to-ignore pop-up screen which informs you that your computer is being held for ransom. To unlock your system and regain access to the computer being held hostage, the lock screen informs you that you must purchase an unlock tool or decryption key from the hacker.
Where Did This Threat Originate?
In this case, Microsoft has been aware of the vulnerability since March 2017, when it published a Security Bulletin covering the potential risk. According to the Spanish newspaper El Mundo, early indicators seem to point to the attack originating in China, but more information is needed.
How Can You Tell If Your Computer Is Infected?
The most obvious way to tell if your computer has been affected is if you are seeing a ransomware pop-up screen when you start up your computer. But because we don’t know how long the malware sits on your computer or network, not seeing this pop-up isn’t necessarily an indication that you haven’t been infected. The bottom line: if your Windows computer has connected to a shared network, such as those found in schools, public places, cafes and businesses, and you don’t have complete control over every computer on that network and haven’t been keeping Windows up-to-date, your computer may be infected.
How to Protect Yourself From the Vulnerability
According to Microsoft a fix for this vulnerability was released on March 14th for all affected versions of Windows. If you are running Windows and have automatic updates enabled you should be okay. If you don’t and haven’t updated recently you should update to the most recently released version immediately. It is important to note that unsupported versions of Windows, like XP, did not receive this security update. Those systems should either be isolated or shut down.
Please pass this along to your friends and family. Those that are less technical may not have updates auto-enabled, and may need a helping hand updating their operating system.