“The Time Between Attack And Detection Can Stretch To 200 Days.”

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– Peter Woollacott, Head of Huntsman, a global cyber-security firm  The modern company is undoubtedly going through a transformative period. As recently as 10 years ago, the idea that a company could have some of its most valuable property stolen, and not notice or act for days after the fact, would have seemed unfathomable.   Today, data … Read more

Unstructured Data – The Need For Data Governance In The Digital Economy


As the volume of data worldwide continues to increase exponentially, businesses are feeling pressure to start taking more proactive measures in the area of data governance. Much of the current focus on data governance relates to security concerns, but managing unstructured data also presents a potential competitive advantage for businesses.  Data is a tremendously overlooked asset … Read more

Making Big Data Presentable

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Big data continues to play an increasingly pivotal role for organizations. Managing big data through data governance is futile if the data itself is incomprehensible to an organization’s primary decision-makers. Organizations that are able to effectively communicate or ‘humanize’ data are more likely to reap the benefits available from big data. We offer three simple … Read more

Is Your Organization Guilty Of Being A Data Hoarder?

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Regrettably, the rise of “Big Data” has been accompanied by the often mistaken notion that organizations should strive to retain as much data as possible. Advancements in technology (through technologies such as the Hadoop® Distributed File System) have allowed large volumes of data to be stored cheaply. Accumulating vast quantities of data can be problematic … Read more

FTC Updates Children’s Online Privacy Protection (COPPA) Compliance Plan To Include Connected Toys

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The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that it has updated its COPPA Compliance Plan to specifically cover toys intended for children. COPPA requires website operators and online services to obtain verifiable parental consent before collecting any personal information from children 12 years or younger. The FTC’s updated guidance, however, clarifies that certain web-enabled products directed to … Read more

GDPR – New Guidelines Issued By Bavarian Data Protection Authority

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The Bavarian Data Protection Authority (“DPA”) has recently published a number of position papers clarifying certain requirements under the GDPR. Data Processing Agreements can be concluded electronically. Parties must, of course, document the electronic conclusion of the agreement sufficiently and conclusively for their own purposes, and be able to evidence its conclusion in case of … Read more

California Attorney General Publishes Proposed Regulations Implementing CCPA

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What Does This Mean for Covered Businesses? Two important privacy law developments took place last week in California. On 10 October 2019, the California Attorney General (AG) published its proposed regulations under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), and on 11 October 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom signed several bills that were passed in mid-September amending the … Read more

CCPA – It’s Time To Get Started

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The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. – Chinese Proverb  In fewer than 6 months, the requirements of the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) come into operation. With no sign that CCPA’s obligations will be materially watered down or preempted by federal legislation, companies that have … Read more