What does the requirement for data privacy mean for data scientists

What does the requirement for data privacy mean for data scientists, business analysts and IT?

Corporate compliance with an increasing number of industry regulations intended to protect personally identifiable information (PII) has made data privacy a frequent and public discussion. An inherent challenge to data privacy is, as Tamara Dull explained, “data, in and of itself, has no country, respects no law, and travels freely across borders. In the digital age, there are no geographical borders. And yet, most …

Australia finally has mandatory data breach nofitication

Australia finally has mandatory data breach nofitication

Australia will have a mandatory data breach notification scheme in place within the year after several aborted attempts, following the passage of legislation through the senate today. The Labor and Liberal parties today united to pass the government’s Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Bill 2016 into law. The passage came despite a last-ditch attempt by the Greens to make changes to …

Ministers aim for post-Brexit harmony on data protection

Ministers aim for post-Brexit harmony on data protection

The Government’s determination to keep UK data protection law in line with that of the EU after Brexit was outlined by the minister responsible today – but with few details of how it will be achieved. Matt Hancock (pictured), minister of state for digital and culture, told a House of Lords committee that he would bring forward legislation in the …

Should Those Who Gather Data Be Responsible for What Is Done With It?

Should Those Who Gather Data Be Responsible for What Is Done With It?

I recently attended a lecture by Professor Jack Balkin of Yale Law School. He was speaking on “Big Data Law and Policy” – one of a small number of topics that might get me into a legal lecture. I’ll begin by saying I enjoyed the lecture; he used Asimov’s Robot series of novels to help explain that the important points …

Can AI Predict Legal Outcomes?

Can AI Predict Legal Outcomes?

Hortonworks DataFlow is an integrated platform that makes data ingestion fast, easy, and secure. Download the white paper now.  Brought to you in partnership with Hortonworks.  AI has been playing a growing role in the legal industry in recent years, but this has primarily been in the background doing e-discovery type work that involves trawling through large numbers of past …

The GDPR and why UK digital businesses should care

The GDPR and why UK digital businesses should care

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) means big changes for any organisation that collects and processes personal data from European citizens – whether or not it is based inside the EU. In this article, Eamon Chawke from legal firm Briffa explains the background of the GDPR and introduces a video that highlights what businesses need to know to comply with …

Germany planning to 'massively' limit privacy rights

Germany planning to ‘massively’ limit privacy rights

A draft law released by the German union for data protection (DVD) this week revealed that the interior ministry was proposing to drastically limit the powers of Germany’s data protection authorities, banning them from investigating suspected breaches of people’s medical and legal records. As well as expanding video surveillance with facial recognition software, the bill would limit the government’s own …

How analytics plays an important role in software IP theft cases

How analytics plays an important role in software IP theft cases

Intellectual property (IP) “is any product of the human intellect that the law protects from unauthorized use by others.” The ability to develop innovative software that addresses marketplace needs is a right that tech startups and even mature technology companies strive to protect. Unfortunately, from a legal perspective, protecting software innovation isn’t always easy. If you develop a breakthrough software …

Germany: Data Protection Officer must not have a conflict of interests

Germany: Data Protection Officer must not have a conflict of interests

German Data Protection Authority fined a company for having the IT manager appointed as Data Protection Officer – A greater risk under the European General Data Protection Regulation? According to the German Federal Data Protection Act (“FDPA”) companies must appoint a Data Protection Officer (“DPO”) if (inter alia) at least ten persons are involved in the automated processing of personal …

Four things you should know about open data quality

Four things you should know about open data quality

Better data can lead to better outcomes. But what do we mean by ‘data quality’? ODI Associate Leigh Dodds, who is working with ODI Partner Experian to explore data quality in UK open datasets, explains One way to help improve data quality is to generate quality metrics for a dataset. CC BY 2.0, uploaded by Elizabeth Hahn. First impressions are …