2018 promises to be a busy year for compliance officers working in the utilities industry. With EU-wide legislation (GDPR) to localised changes (tariff price caps), there are plenty of legal factors to address. And as firms try to adjust to the new digitally-driven marketplace, compliance will play an increased role in ensuring trial initiatives remain within acceptable boundaries to prevent breaches.

Utilities Industry Compliance Trends to Watch in 2018

Posted by David Costello on 8 January 2018
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With the threat of enormous fines for losing personal data belonging to EU citizens, most businesses are rushing to strengthen their security provisions before GDPR go-live in 2018. Attracting significantly fewer headlines however, is the “Right to be Forgotten” aspect of the new regulations.

GDPR and the Right to be Forgotten

Posted by David Costello on 21 November 2017
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Although Europe already has some of the world’s most stringent data protection laws, those protections will be upgraded when the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force in May 2018. Although it is obvious who is responsible for maintaining security of data held in in-house systems (you are), the modern operating environment is much more complicated.

GDPR and SaaS – Who is responsible for what?

Posted by David Costello on 2 November 2017
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As the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) deadline nears, businesses should be well aware of the penalties for failing to comply. With the ability to levy fines of up to €20m, or 4% of global revenue (whichever is greater), European lawmakers are taking the issue of personal data protection seriously. And given the European Union’s track record of prosecuting businesses (like Microsoft and Google), we can expect to see GDPR rigorously enforced.

GDPR and public Cloud services – a fine waiting to happen?

Posted by David Costello on 25 October 2017
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The implementation of the Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) promises to be the biggest shake-up of IT security ever. This far reaching piece of legislation enshrines several rights for EU citizens, including a right to be forgotten (all records pertaining to that person must be removed from a company’s data stores), and stricter control on how personal data is used by businesses.

Field Sales Management – Is it a GDPR minefield?

Posted by David Costello on 12 September 2017
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