THE General Data Protection Regulation, which comes into force on Friday, is the biggest shakeup of personal data privacy rules since the birth of the internet. It is aimed at curbing US tech giants like Facebook - but sole traders such as plumbing and window cleaners could face crippling fines if they fall foul of the law. Here's what you need to know. What is GDPR and when does it take effect? The General Data Protection Regulation is a piece of EU legislation passed by the European Parliament in 2016. It is enforceable in all EU countries from May 25, 2018. Punishing fines for data misuse and breaches can reach £18million or 4 per cent of global annual turnover, whichever is higher. The GDPR aims to make it simpler for people to control how companies use their personal details. Strict rules mean companies will not be allowed to collect and use personal information without the person's consent. Data includes things like a person's name, email address and phone number, and also … [Read more...] about When is the GDPR deadline in 2018, what’s the compliance checklist and will it still apply in the UK after Brexit?
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0 View Comments Support for and opposition to a renewed operating permit for Colorado Springs Utilities' coal-fired Martin Drake Power Plant will be heard Monday by the state Air Quality Control Commission. The overdue permit would cement clean-air rules and regulations that apply to the plant, said Roland Hea, permitting section supervisor for the Air Pollution Control Division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Put another way, the permit sets the plant's pollution parameters, said Thomas Young, a spokesman for the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign. "It allows the plant to pollute within a certain set of restrictions," said Young. "So it doesn't over-pollute." Drake's last operating permit was issued in 2002 and expired in 2007. The plant since had its permit extended by the CDPHE, said Utilities spokeswoman Amy Trinidad, while complying with new state regulations and limits. But the plant's adherence to federal standards remains in question. The … [Read more...] about State Air Quality Control Commission to hear public comments on Martin Drake’s operating permit
Nice, a city known for its beaches and elegant Mediterranean allure has just acquired another less desirable accolade as the town in France with the worst air quality,according to a new study that measured air quality in towns over the period of the last year. Over the past twelve months, the quality of the air in the Riviera resort of Nice was "mediocre or bad" for 67 days - that’s over two months of the year - according to a ranking of air quality in 100 French cities drawn up by L’Express. It explains that the high pollution levels are down to a number of local factors: the city is built on a narrow densely-populated coastal strip which has a lot of traffic and long sunny spells. After Nice, France’s most polluted cities are Avignon (60 days), Marseille (57 days) and Aix-en-Provence (54 days), all in the country’s south. “These pollution peaks are due to high amounts of ozone gas because of the sun, or due to higher pollutants released by industrial … [Read more...] about The towns in France with ‘best and the worst’ air quality
In life, it's important to have a dream that inspires you. I have several: winning Paris-Roubaix; owning a really sweet van with shag carpeting inside and driving it from Paris to Roubaix; landing a cameo in the Lance Armstrong biopic in which I make Jan Ullrich a sandwich.Bicycling magazine.Bicycling is the loftiest perch to which a bike reviewer can aspire. This is the publication that practically invented the phrase “laterally stiff yet vertically compliant.” More fabulous two-wheeled exotica has passed between the legs of Bicycling’s staff than tourists have ventured up the Statue of Liberty’s stola. So getting your road bike review in this magazine is like getting your short story about rich people who suffer from crippling ennui published in the New Yorker.Bicycling has not asked me to review a bike—probably because I’m a complete wiseass. Nevertheless, I hope one day to receive the call. And when I do, I’m prepared to write the greatest … [Read more...] about Quality Control
In the marketing universe nothing holds the higher place than The Brand. It is the holy grail of advertising, the ultimate validation of respectability of your business venture. If your business has reached the point of being considered a brand, it means you’ve been doing something right. Let’s say you’ve made that first step and managed to establish your business as an option worth considering, or, even better, the preferable option in your line of work. You’ve managed to capture the attention of your desired client base, firmly positioned yourself on the market and you’re set to enjoy a fruitful career forever and ever after, right? Well, not exactly. You’ve only made the first step – a big one, but also the easier one. There is a huge difference between convincing people to give your business a shot and convincing them to keep coming back. And while it is awesome that your business is the talk of the town at the moment, you’re in it … [Read more...] about Building and Maintaining a Quality Brand