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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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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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In the News:

20 th July – The ICO have issued their annual report for 2017- 2018.  It reveals that there has been increased public awareness of privacy and information rights, mainly due to new laws and high profile investigations. A summary can be found here https://ico.org.uk/about-the-ico/news-and-events/news-and-blogs/2018/07/annual-report-2017-18/ and the report itself can be viewed here: https://ico.org.uk/about-the-ico/our-information/annual-reports/ 18 th July – The Independent inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has been fined £200,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office after sending a bulk email that identified potential victims of child sexual abuse. The Inquiry did not keep confidential and sensitive personal information secure which is...
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