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About Face

In March, Deputy Information Commissioner Stephen Bonner announced that the facial recognition company Facewatch would face “no further regulatory action”. Given that all the Commissioner’s staff had done up to that point was investigate (since 2019), “no action at...

The Big Picture

I love movies. It’s an inherited trait – my Grandma loved the cinema and took my dad to see all sorts of classics at the Ritz, a gigantic 2500-seater cinema in Wigan which some people think was once one of the biggest cinemas in the UK. It’s gone now, replaced by a...

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

I’ve often written about the delusion that data protection applies only to private data – there’s nothing to support that in the GDPR and some specifics to show that the opposite is true. But it’s still tricky for some to deal with the idea that data protection...

The Emperor Waltz

I’ve been thinking a lot about mentors this week. The celebrated film director Billy Wilder had a sign on the wall of his office. It said “What would Lubitsch have done?”. This was Ernst Lubitsch, who like Wilder had escaped the advance of the Nazis to settle in...

The Big Easy

There are various ways to describe "King of Data Protection" Jamal Ahmed, but subtle is not one of them. His new book ‘The Easy Peasy Guide to the GDPR’ arrives with huge fanfare, promoted on a website with the address “bestgdprbook.com” (take that, Dibble) and...

Artificial intelligence movies

The idea here was to find examples of AI in cinema that you could mention in your inevitable presentation to senior management. I went overboard and indulged my inner cinephile instead. If you read the whole thing, I hope you enjoy it. Metropolis (1921): there is an...

“Data breach experts”

When I wrote my post about Facewatch, I was a bit wary. Although it’s famously difficult for a company to sue for defamation, I didn’t watch to let slip any words that went too far. In that light, I should obviously be that bit more careful when writing about a law...

Put the boot in

If you’re looking for people to market your products to, a French company called Evaboot have got you covered. Companies offering what Evaboot does are usually squeamish about how the work, but there’s a refreshing directness about their pitch. They offer “The...

DPO Jobs frequently asked questions

What do you need to post a job? As a bare minimum, I need the job title, the salary or salary range and a link to how to apply. I know some recruiters don't specify the employer up front and I don't see that as a dealbreaker; the same goes for closing date. I'd much...

No accountability

In February, the Information Commissioner issued a bewildering press release headlined “Information Commissioner's Office calls for accountants to play their role in SMEs data protection compliance”. Like many in the DP sector, my instinctive reaction was “what...