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How far does the GDPR reach…?

As we all know by now, the GDPR came into force on Friday 25 th May 2018. For businesses based in Europe with employees and customers in the EU, this means unavoidable change. Changes to the way personal data is processed, changes to information to be given to data subjects, changes to internal governance, changes to the culture surrounding data protection within the organisation.  But what about businesses who are not based within the EU? Does the GDPR apply to them? What about non EU-based organisations who sell only occasionally to the EU? Article 3 of the GDPR states that...
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Data Protection Act 2018

How we deal with data protection within the EU significantly changed on 25 th May 2018. The vast majority of the population are aware of the coming into force of the General Data Protection Regulation due to the abundance of emails in their inbox providing them with updated Privacy Policies or asking them for consent to use their personal data. However, less well publicised was the fact that on the same date, the UK’s Data Protection Act 2018 received the Royal Assent. So what does the Data Protection Act 2018 differ from the GDPR? Firstly, the GDPR has direct effect...
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US firm stalls in bid to recover debts bought from Clydesdale

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An American company that bought close to £1 billion of loans from Clydesdale Bank between 2015 and 2016 has failed in a second attempt to bankrupt a Scottish couple in a bid to call in their debt. The case relates to a loan that Barry and Susan Peart took out in 2007 in order to acquire and refurbish a new house. Promontoria, an entity owned by US firm Cerebus Capital Management, succeeded Clydesdale Bank as a creditor on that loan when it acquired the portfolio of debt from the bank. When the firm attempted to recover the debt, however, the...
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Standing Out - MBM Commercial's Food and Drink Conference


  MBM Commercial's Food and Drink Conference, 'Standing out: creating and investing in the food and drink businessses of tomorrow' was a great success yesterday with a fantastic line up of speakers.   The conference, held at the Merchant's Hall in Edinburgh, covered several key themes within the industry incuding technology, branding & marketing and investment for Food and Drink businesses. The speakers included Ian Stirling of Muckle Brig, Daniel Rodgers of QikServe, Ryan O'Rorke and Assean Sheikh of Flavourly, Richard O'Connor of Chocolate and Love, Matt Chapman of Contagious and Dennis Overton of New Wave Foods t/a Shore.   ...
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Codes of Conduct

So – what is a Code of Conduct? Article 40 of the GDPR refers to the use of codes of conduct in order to contribute to the proper application of the GDPR, taking into account specific features of the various processing sectors and specific needs of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises.  The ICO has now issued guidelines in relation to use of codes of conduct covering UK processing. Whilst the ICO are not responsible for drafting codes of conduct, they are responsible for approving all codes drafted by trade associations or other bodies representing a sector. Trade associations and other...
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