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Box boosts cloud security with automated classification

Box has announced that intelligent, automated classification will soon be coming to Box Shield, its advanced security solution for protecting content in the cloud.It will now automatically scan files and classify them based on their content to help businesses detect and secure sensitive data. Box Shield is the fastest growing new product in the company’s…

Box has announced that intelligent, automated classification will soon be coming to Box Shield, its advanced security solution for protecting content in the cloud.

It will now automatically scan files and classify them based on their content to help businesses detect and secure sensitive data. Box Shield is the fastest growing new product in the company’s history and security-conscious and highly regulated organizations including NASA use it to to secure data in the cloud.

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Microsoft launches Azure Communications, adds VoIP, video, and messaging

Microsoft has revealed Azure Communication Services (ACS), a new platform that it says will enable developers to add video and voice communications, instant chat, and SMS features to mobile, desktop, and web apps. The first fully-managed cloud-based platform of its kind, ACS promises to advance customer engagement and provide next-gen customer support functions. As with other…

Microsoft has revealed Azure Communication Services (ACS), a new platform that it says will enable developers to add video and voice communications, instant chat, and SMS features to mobile, desktop, and web apps. 

The first fully-managed cloud-based platform of its kind, ACS promises to advance customer engagement and provide next-gen customer support functions. As with other business phone systems, the technology streamlines communications, in this case via the same infrastructure used by Microsoft Teams. 

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Can cloud backup be hacked and is it immune to ransomware attacks?

Cloud backup is one of those terms businesses and individuals blithely use to describe a number of services that aren’t in fact cloud backup at all!It’s easy to see where the confusion arises. Take Google’s G Suite, for example – or indeed Microsoft 365, Dropbox, Box, or any number of similar solutions. They’re in the…

Cloud backup is one of those terms businesses and individuals blithely use to describe a number of services that aren’t in fact cloud backup at all!

It’s easy to see where the confusion arises. Take Google’s G Suite, for example – or indeed Microsoft 365, Dropbox, Box, or any number of similar solutions. They’re in the cloud and they look after your data – therefore they’re cloud data backup, right?

cloud storage, not cloud backup.

So, in attempting to answer the question as to whether cloud backup can be hacked, or if it is immune to ransomware, we first have to establish what cloud backup actually is.

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Cloud backup: the good, the bad and the illegal

By its very nature, ‘backup’ means data must be retrospectively accessible for far longer than a mere few days.

Sixty days is the generally accepted bare minimum, but GDPR requirements and compliance regimes in highly regulated industries like finance can push this to several years or more.

This is where cloud backup, as a concept, really comes into its own. It stores huge volumes of backed-up data in a powerful data centre elsewhere (aka the cloud). If disaster befalls the office, it doesn’t take the backed-up data with it, b

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Oracle and Salesforce face class action lawsuits over online ad tracking

Class action lawsuits have been filed against Oracle and Salesforce in Dutch, English and Welsh courts which claim the tech giants breached GDPR by using third-party cookies to process and share personal data in order to sell targeted ads online.As reported by Computer Weekly, the lawsuits are being brought against the two companies by a…

Class action lawsuits have been filed against Oracle and Salesforce in Dutch, English and Welsh courts which claim the tech giants breached GDPR by using third-party cookies to process and share personal data in order to sell targeted ads online.

As reported by Computer Weekly, the lawsuits are being brought against the two companies by a Dutch non-profit foundation called The Privacy Collective. 

According to the collective, Oracle and Salesforce are just two of many companies which use cookies to track, monitor and collect users’ personal data and share it through a process known as real-time bidding where this data is auctioned off to advertisers. Data about users’ interests, locations, income, relationship status, gender, age and education is collected to support this practice and build profiles of users online without their knowledge.

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10 things to consider to ensure GDPR compliance

GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) was mandated by the European Union and was enshrined in UK Law on 25th May 2018. It goes much further than the original UK Data Protection (of individuals) provisions applying before that date and lays down severe penalties for the officers (Directors, Owners and sometimes Managers) of businesses that do…

GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) was mandated by the European Union and was enshrined in UK Law on 25th May 2018. It goes much further than the original UK Data Protection (of individuals) provisions applying before that date and lays down severe penalties for the officers (Directors, Owners and sometimes Managers) of businesses that do not comply. 

Fines can be as high as 4% of turnover. Widely reported data breaches have seen British Airways and Marriott Hotels handed fines totalling £300m. 

website of the Information Commissioner’s Office. 

GDPR affects BASDA (The Business Applications Software Developers Association) members both as companies which hold data, for example on their employees and customers, and as providers of business software which enables organisations to hold and process data on individuals. 

Historically almost any information could be held and maintained so long as it was not published. Now any information held about an individual must be fit for purpose (for example, to fulfill any obligations associated with providing a service) and as importantly, must be provided, if requested, to an individual. 

Below are 10 things from BASDA for a business to consider relating to GDPR.

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1. I am a Data Controller. Do I have to register my activities with the GDPR Registrar?

Yes. Data Controllers that hold, maintain and process personal data need to pay a data protection fee to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), unless they are exempt. Currently the fee ranges between £40.00 and £2,500.

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2. Who exactly is covered by the provisions of GDPR?

Any individual that believes a Data Controller holds personal data about themselves. This includes employees; client staff; supplier staff; prospective client and supplier staff; people who are sent marketing information about own and third-party products and services etc.

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3. What are my obligations in respect of accessing data I hold?

Individuals have the statutory right to access any personal data a Data Controller may hold about them. This is commonly referred to as ‘subject access’. A request can be made for subject access for full disclosure of all information held by a Data Controller about themselves verbally or in writing and the business has one month to respond. Not responding with full disclosure carries severe penalties for the officers of the business. A fee is not normally chargeable to an individual who makes a request under the provisions of GDPR.

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4. What is the information that I may be required to deliver if I receive a request for subject access?

Any information that relates to the subject access, whether held in ‘electronic form’ (to be delivered in paper form), audio recordings, video recordings (then direct copies of these last two) or paper. ‘Electronic form’ includes data held in databases, files (word proccessed, spread sheets etc.) and emails (both business and private).

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5. How do I ensure internal compliance?

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