WithoutFire | John Elliott's occasional thoughts on data protection

is your employees’ privacy one of the first casualties in the battle to secure your information systems?

I’m speaking about the trade off between network security and employee privacy at the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) European Data Protection Congress in Brussels on the 2nd December. In the face of modern cyber-threats, communication monitoring and surveillance are essential for the protection of corporate information. But
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pre-authorisation data (pci dss q&a)

Question: Is pre-authorisation data in scope of PCI DSS? Answer: Yes. There’s quite a bit of misleading information on the internet about the status of pre-authorisation data. As far as all the card schemes are concerned there’s no difference between pre-authorisation data and post-authorisation data. If you store,
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filling cabinet breaches

I like to analyse the ICO’s undertakings and enforcement notices to see whether there are lessons you can learn from other people’s unfortunate mistakes. Last year the Orbit housing association moved offices and in the process sold-off some of their surplus-to-requirments filling cabinets. The problem was that there
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