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Unconscious Bias: Check Yourself

You’re interviewing candidates for a new job. Three interview well but you finally settle on the person you think is most suited for the job: James. But looking a little closer - why do you think that person is best for the job? Is it a coincidence that you and James have the same educational background, or that you both support the same sports team? What about the fact that James was the only male candidate and the rest of the office is predominantly men – were you unconsciously seeing his gender as part of the reason he ‘suited’ the...
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Private Residential Tenancies Have Replaced Assured & Short Assured Tenancies

The 1 st December 2017 saw a shift from Assured and Short Assured tenancies to Private Residential Tenancies (PRTs), a new style providing benefits and securities for both landlords and tenants. As a landlord, there are various significant changes under the new tenancy you must be aware of: Term of Tenancy There are no fixed-terms. PRTs have no end date which means landlords cannot ask tenants to vacate a property simply because a certain time period has expired. Secondly, there is no minimum period of rental, meaning tenants can leave whenever they please, so long as they provide the landlord...
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Automated Decision Making and Data Protection – when can you use it?

With more and more of our day to day life happening in an online environment, many decisions are inevitably made by computers, with no human involvement – a process called automated decision-making.  Organisations use technology, including algorithms and machine-learning, to collect and analyse a range of personal data about an individual – from their buying habits to lifestyle data, from social network data to mobile phone data.  Automated individual decision-making is frequently used for the purposes of profiling. Profiling is defined by the GDPR as: “ Any form of automated processing of personal data consisting of the use of personal...
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Standing Out – Creating and investing in the food and drink businesses of tomorrow

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Scotland’s Food and Drink is a stand out sector within our economy. It has grown rapidly in recent years and is worth around £14 billion each year to Scotland’s economy. Competition within the sector remains fierce and we are fortunate to have businesses in Scotland who can thrive and export world-wide, notwithstanding the challenges in the global market place. The Food and Drink industry is renowned for its innovative approach to development, branding, manufacturing and using high-quality raw materials. However, it is important that businesses are properly supported to have the best possible start in the industry to ensure that they...
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GDPR and Data Portability

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One of the rights given to individuals under the GDPR, is that of data portability. But when does it apply and what exactly does it entail? The right to data portability gives individuals the right to receive personal data they have provided to a controller in a structured, commonly used and machine readable format but only comes into play in certain situations. The right to data portability allows individuals to obtain and reuse their personal data for their own purposes across different services. This means that individuals can move, copy or transfer personal data easily from one IT environment to...
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