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How to use legitimate interest under the GDPR?

How does the GDPR define legitimate interest? Does the legitimate interest legal base cover company interests only or can it also include third parties interests? There is no precise definition under the GDPR of what constitutes a legitimate interest and this precisely opens the room for a controller to argue that certain business activities, for […]

International Transfers of Personal Data after the Schrems II ruling

On July 16, 2020, the top court of the European Union (CJEU) issued a groundbreaking ruling on the so-called “Schrems II” case concerning  international transfers of personal data from the European Union. It was meant to deal mostly with transfers to the main EU commercial partner – the United States – but turned out to […]

A Comparison of POPIA and GDPR in Key Areas

South Africa’s Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) will see its final sections go into effect on 30 June 2021. Furthermore, parties subject to POPIA must be fully compliant with the guidelines by 1 July 2021. A number of them may have a head start if they already adhere to established data protection guidelines such […]

HIPAA, the GDPR and MedTech

There are different regulations on how medical data can be processed and stored in different nations. If your company operates in the MedTech sector in the Western world most likely you have at least heard of HIPAA or the GDPR. This article aims at analysing how both legislations relate to healthcare. The article is particularly […]

Response to the GDPR-relevant points in the German Blockchain Strategy of September 2019

On September 12, the German Federal Ministry of Economy and Energy, and the German Federal Ministry of Finance published the German Federal Blockchain Strategy (German, PDF). After analysing the statements relating to Data Protection and GDPR, here is some high level response to the key points.   Blockchain Strategy Implementation Principles [p5] “IT-Sicherheit und Datenschutz […]

GDPR compliant products debunked: it’s all about HOW you use it

I’ve seen this a bit too often lately: products that qualify themselves as ‘GDPR compliant’, falsely leaving the impression that by using that product, an organisation will be GDPR compliant. In particular some blockchain products like to label themselves as ‘GDPR compliant blockchain’ – as in the public opinion there are massive problems surrounding blockchain […]

GDPR’s Right to be Forgotten in Blockchain: it’s not black and white.

There have been many discussions about the big problem of the right to be forgotten (right to erasure, Article 17) under the GDPR. As blockchain generally is immutable, and the GDPR requires personal data to be deleted. Many people therefor conclude that it is impossible to store any kind of personal data on a blockchain. […]

The GDPR Canvas

The GDPR Canvas & how to use it Building on our experience of consulting technology companies with privacy and GDPR compliance, we are excited to release our GDPR Canvas publicly under a creative commons license. The GDPR Canvas is inspired by the Business Model Canvas by Alexander Osterwalder of Strategyzer. It was designed by TechGDPR to aid […]

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