EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The GDPR will also apply to organisations located outside of the EU if they offer goods or services to, or monitor the behaviour of, EU data subjects.

If you’ve done business online in any capacity, you’ve probably gotten a notice, or several, that your software vendor/credit card provider, et al, has a new user privacy policy and/or terms of use. Here’s one from Bluehost that I just received. This has taken place to address the new standards introduced through the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a new European data protection law.

I have blogged about it a few times in our work blog.

Still, what does it MEAN if one is not in the European Union? Specifically, what should an American small business do to become GDPR compliant? It reminds me a little about the fears surrounding Y2K in terms of a lot of concerns but not always a clear course of action.

What I DO know I’ve purloined from various websites:

The GDPR is a new comprehensive data protection law that updates existing EU laws to strengthen the protection of personal data in light of rapid technological developments, the increasingly global nature of business and more complex international flows of personal data. The GDPR replaces the current patchwork of national data protection laws with a single set of rules, directly enforceable in each EU member state. The GDPR takes effect on May 25, 2018.

The GDPR provides EU residents with control over their personal data, such as the right to:
#Access information about how personal data is used – info regarding processing must be provided in a concise, transparent, intelligible and easily accessible form
#Access personal data held by an organization – a company’s processing of personal data must be lawful and where it is based on consent, the consent must be freely given, specific, informed and unambiguous
#Have the purpose for which data is collected be specified, explicit and legitimate
#Have data be processed in a way that ensures appropriate security of the personal data
#Have incorrect personal data deleted or corrected; data must be accurate and kept up-to-date
#Have personal data rectified and erased in certain circumstances (sometimes referred to as the “right to be forgotten”)
#Restrict or object to automated processing of personal data – only data relevant for the purpose laid out can be collected and processed
#Receive a copy of personal data

You can find out more about it by going to the EU GDPR website: It notes: “The GDPR not only applies to organisations located within the EU but it will also apply to organisations located outside of the EU if they offer goods or services to, or monitor the behaviour of, EU data subjects. It applies to all companies processing and holding the personal data of data subjects residing in the European Union, regardless of the company’s location.”

I’ve tasked myself to try to figure out how this change would affect small US businesses. If you have more insight, such as a game plan that is NOT written in bureaucratese, PLEASE let me know!

The penultimate pre-election Trump link dump

Trump says he insulted women ‘for the purpose of entertainment’

I haven’t written about Donald Trump lately. It isn’t that he hasn’t ticked me off. In fact, after about a week of not saying too many irritating things a while back, he has returned to form, and that was before the 2005 tape was revealed.

But I haven’t the energy to rant on him. Other sources are doing that for me. So I’ve cleaned out my email with this link dump.

There are basically two narratives about why the mainstream media is finally spending more time analyzing The Donald:

1) He is the nominee of a major party, not just one of 17 candidates for the GOP nomination. The media were counting on someone who was a grownup would defeat him in the primaries – surely they won’t nominate HIM – and they could pretty much go with the entertainment/ratings of the sideshow. But when that didn’t happen – and it’s been at least likely since March 15, when Marco Rubio lost Florida. – they were then obliged to do their jobs.

2) The media is out to get him because they’re all Hillary Clinton supporters.

I think 1) is true, but I also believe Continue reading “The penultimate pre-election Trump link dump”

The Chinese lesson

It was interesting that, along with their titles, I was given the delegates’ dates of birth.

Delegation at NYS SBDC, March 18, 2013
A couple months back, I was asked to speak to a Chinese delegation from Shenzhen province about these aspects in the United States: “statistics system in government organizations (structure, operation, management, what they do, etc.)” and the “government division responsible for business registration (when the division established, its history, etc.)” and “a brief overview of the business registration file or database establishment (industry categories, quantity, geographical distribution of industries, employees, etc.)”

I dutifully prepared some remarks. Some of the questions were lost in translation, I feared. Others were quite overlapping. On the other hand, I DID discover Continue reading “The Chinese lesson”

Politics and commerce

I saw relatively few retail stores with either Obama OR Romney signs this year. Seems like a no-win action, to possibly alienate a good chunk of your potential market over politics.

Jaquandor is back with his Sentential Links, which he had temporarily discontinued during the election season because he feared that he’d “do nothing but link political stuff.” Interestingly, though, the link that caught my attention did have to do with politics, of a sort.

John Scalzi, in his Whatever blog, which is often entertaining, wrote: “There are places that don’t get my business, or will ever get it, because I find their corporate beliefs or practices problematic. But I’m not going to stop going to the local ice cream shop because the owners put a Romney sign in their window.” Continue reading “Politics and commerce”

Hostess: the mostess, for a few

I boycotted Hostess from about 1970 until the Vietnam war was over in 1975.

For me, the issue of the Hostess Brands snack food line apparently going under – I can’t believe that someone won’t buy this venerable line – isn’t the loss of Ding Dongs. It’s that, apparently, the company had “manipulated” its executives’ pay–sending its former chief executive’s salary, in particular, skyrocketing- in the months leading up to its Chapter 11 filing, in an effort to dodge the Bankruptcy Code’s compensation requirements.

Yet the stories I hear on the nightly news Continue reading “Hostess: the mostess, for a few”