Is Data Protection Compliance Truly Achievable?

Jasmine Harrison, Philip Brining and Joe Kirk

Join our hosts, Joe Kirk and Jasmine Harrison, in the latest episode of GDPR Radio. In this engaging session, they tackle the complex question of whether complete Data Protection Compliance is truly achievable.

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Is Data Protection Compliance Truly Achievable?

Welcome to Episode 145 of GDPR Radio, where we dive deep into the world of data protection, dissecting the most intriguing headlines and debating the pressing issues. Your hosts for this week’s session are Joe Kirk and Jasmine Harrison. In today’s episode, we tackled the question on everyone’s minds: Is Data Protection Compliance Ever Achievable?

Let’s get right into the highlights and key takeaways from this enlightening discussion.

Data Protection Compliance – A Perpetual Challenge

One of the core debates in our latest podcast centred on the elusive goal of achieving complete Data Protection Compliance. Our experts, Joe Kirk and Jasmine Harrison, delved into the intricacies of this ever-evolving field. They emphasised that, in the realm of data protection, perfection isn’t always attainable. Laws are in constant flux, and businesses must maintain a realistic level of compliance while continually adapting to stay in line with the latest regulations. As our consultants have repeatedly noted in their interactions with companies, a significant red flag is when an organisation claims to be “fully” compliant or asserts that it has never experienced a data breach. Such overconfidence can potentially blind a business to vulnerabilities and legal gaps that might exist. Data protection isn’t about a static state of absolute compliance; it’s a journey that requires vigilant, continuous effort and a readiness to adapt to an ever-changing landscape.

News Highlights

UK Court’s Verdict on Clearview AI: The UK’s First-tier Tribunal recently made a landmark decision in favor of Clearview AI, challenging a hefty fine issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The verdict revolves around the scope of GDPR concerning the processing of facial recognition data. An essential case to watch!

NatWest’s Data Protection Breach: The former CEO of NatWest, Alison Rose, found herself in hot water for revealing sensitive banking details about Nigel Farage. This case highlights the intricate relationship between data protection and high-profile individuals, sparking a vital discussion on privacy rights.

Passkeys Over Passwords: The shift from traditional passwords to passkeys is gaining traction, with tech giants like Amazon and Microsoft leading the way. This transition promises enhanced security and user-friendliness.

The Retail Crime Action Plan (RCAP): The UK Home Office has launched an action plan to combat shoplifting, including the use of facial recognition technology. This development shows the growing influence of technology in policing and surveillance.

AI Use by UK Government: A recent investigation by The Guardian has revealed that government officials in the UK are increasingly relying on AI for crucial decisions. While AI holds great promise, it also raises concerns about potential discrimination in algorithmic decision-making.

UK Government’s Efforts to Tackle AI Bias: To combat AI bias, the UK government has introduced the Fairness Innovation Challenge (FIC). The initiative aims to fund innovative solutions that address discrimination in AI models, highlighting the importance of ethical AI development.

Rise in Data Breach Reports: New research suggests that a significant portion of data breach reports to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) comes from outsiders, highlighting the growing public awareness and accountability in data security.

Scottish Government’s FOI Performance Critique: The Scottish Government has received criticism for its handling of freedom of information (FOI) requests, leading to a discussion about transparency and accessibility.

Hikvision’s Future in the UK: Chinese surveillance company Hikvision, previously identified as a security threat, continues its operations in the UK, emphasising the importance of security considerations in governmental decisions.

GDPR Compliance Realities: We explored the idea that complete compliance in data protection law may be elusive. Laws evolve, and organisations must exhibit they work towards compliance. Specific tips for various stakeholders, including customers, employees, and suppliers, were discussed.

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