Mindful policies

"Failure to close the photocopier lid is a disciplinary offence." "No more than 1 person in the kitchen at any one time." "The toilet roll is kept in the managing partners office and must be returned after use." This morning I was looking at a post on LinkedIn which generated a lot of comments and interest. The post is about a mobile phone policy which a content marketing business has felt it needed to implement, apparently written, according to the managing director, by the younger staff, and not by management. Here is the policy. Now, reading the comments, it’s suggested by some that this is a clever piece of content marketing to demonstrate the businesses ability to get engagement, but wh

The Data Protection, Privacy and Electronic Communications (Amendments etc) (EU Exit) Regulations 20

Draft Regulations to create a ‘UK GDPR’ were published by the Government this week to ensure that the UK is ready for Brexit. The Regulations introduce a large number of technical amendments to the GDPR, Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA18) and the Privacy Electronic Communications Regulations 2003 (PECR). The Withdrawal Act makes provision for the GDPR to form part of UK domestic law from 30th March 2019 as a ‘UK GDPR’. But what does this mean in practice? The text of UK GDPR is fundamentally the same as the GDPR which came into force on 25th May 2018, but it will correct language deficiencies from the European text; Extra-territorial application is retained – non-UK controllers and processors

EU-US Privacy Shield and Brexit – What do you need to know?

After a turbulent few months, the Privacy Shield was re-approved by the EU Commission at the end of last year and with Brexit looming, if you are a Privacy Shield participant there are some steps you may need to take before 30th March 2019 to ensure you can continue to receive personal data from the UK. I say ‘may need to take’ because it all depends on whether the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement is approved by the UK Parliament. If approved, there is an 18 month transitional period so Privacy Shield commitments will not need to be updated until 31 December 2020. However, if the Agreement is not approved then Privacy Shield commitments will need to be updated by 30th March 2019 so it is advisab

What are you selling?

Last month I was talking to my cousin, she sells very expensive facial products. I said, “what are you selling?” She said “skincare products”, I said “no, what are you really selling?” She said “youthful looking skin”, I said “no, what does youthful looking skin give you?” Confidence. I was volunteering at my local Foodbank on Tuesday. I said what do you do here? He said “we distribute food parcels”, I said no, “what are you doing when you give people the food?” He said “we’re giving people help in a crisis”, I said but what are you really doing? Temporarily ticking one worry off the list. We don’t sell time, we don’t sell policies and procedures, we don’t sell knowledge. I mean we do, of c

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