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September 8, 2017The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – Briefing Note

The GDPR is what is described as a “landmark” piece of European legislation that will come into effect on the 25th May 2018.

The new law will have a major impact on the world of data privacy giving consumers a range of new rights, including the right to know what data is held about them and who holds it , the right to have personal data deleted, new civil liberties around data portability and consent, as well as the right to be quickly informed about data breaches.

Anyone who handles personal information about consumers, for example, loyalty card programmes, airlines, travel operators, sports clubs, multiple grocers and so on, will be profoundly affected.

The new piece of legislation is already causing debate and concern across Europe since it demands higher levels of security and compliance. The reason is simple: GDPR is powerful: break the law and a company, organisation or individual could face a maximum fine of up to Euro 20 million or four per cent of global turnover, whichever is greater.

Companies (of all sizes) have been advised to review how they obtain customer consent when GDPR comes into effect.

The new law also aims to promote trust – currently, only one in four adults in the UK trust businesses with their personal data.In addition, data protection incidents are fast becoming reputation issues, investors have started punishing companies for data security breaches.

GDPR is also wide-ranging in its application, it has an extra-territorial effect. If data is sitting on a US based server for example, this will have to comply with EU legislation. Anyone who handles information – processors, collators and collectors, from EU citizens will have to comply.

Companies that are trying to build-up a detailed profile of their clients so that they can customise loyalty and marketing aimed at the clients, will have to rethink their strategies and obtain greater consent from clients as a minimum.

Already it is apparent that GDPR compliance needs a holistic and integrated approach involving many stakeholders, processes and technology, all of which need to talk to one another. People will need to act less in silos and realise that everyone has a vested interest in making information governance work. The business of data management will never be the same again.

Key issues

GDPR is a cultural shift in terms of respect for people’s data.

Data integrity and information governance is everyone’s issue. GDPR is like no other piece of previous legislation.

Undoubtedly, more similar legislation will come into effect from other countries beyond the EU.

July 7, 2017Dalkey Academy Prepares to Celebrate its Tenth Anniversary

The year 2008 will be remembered for the financial crisis and its impact on economies around the world. Yet, in the midst of the gloom, a small enterprise was launched that defied the economic climate and found its niche in the world of music.

That enterprise was the Kingston Academy of Music which opened its doors in premises in Dun Laoghaire in September 2008.
Three moves of location and almost ten years later, the Academy is a thriving business that has succeeded on its own merits without the support of national or local government.

A hallmark of the Academy has been the consistency of its examination results over recent years.

For the past five years, the Academy’s students have had an average success rate of over 85 per cent in State and Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM) exams. In 2016 for example, two students recorded “outstanding achievement” results of over 90 per cent in their RIAM exams.

In addition, the Academy has always achieved gold medals in any of the Feis Ceoil competitions in which its students have participated.

Plans are under way to mark the milestone anniversary with a series of activities and special events. Among the former is the publication of a book about the Academy. The events programme will include a number of concerts and recitals in prestigious heritage venues in Dublin and elsewhere.

Visit the Academy’s website at for further announcements as the academic year unfolds.

June 15, 2017World War I & II Memorial Boards Unveiled in Stoop Ceremony

Harlequins completed the celebration of its 150th anniversary season on Wednesday evening (14th June) with a ceremony at its Twickenham Stoop Stadium during which two memorial boards were unveiled honouring the players and officials associated with the club that never returned from World War I and II.

The boards were unveiled by Harlequins President, Bob Hiller in the foyer of the DHL (East) Stand at the event which was attended by representatives of all sections of the club. Prayers for the fallen were lead by Gary Scott, Padre of the Household Cavalry, and “The Last Post” and “Reveille” were played by Ian Graves, former State Trumpeter.

Among the famous players listed on the WWI board is Ronnie Poulton-Palmer, believed by many of his era to be one of the greatest three-quarters ever to play the game. In just six seasons of senior rugby, Poulton-Palmer left a lasting impression on fellow players and spectators as a personality, leader and gifted runner. He made his international debut for England against France in 1909 aged 19 and went on to receive 17 caps. He was killed by a sniper’s bullet in Belgium.

Speaking at the ceremony, Harlequins Chief Executive, David Ellis, said, “In celebrating our 150th season we’ve been very aware of the legacy that has been handed down to us. One of the notable gaps in that legacy has been the absence of a formal memorial at The Stoop to commemorate the players and club officials that went to the two Great Wars of the last century but never came back.

“Thanks to the efforts of the club’s heritage team, and individual members, a detailed list of the fallen has been compiled and we’re pleased to reproduce it on the two elegant boards that we’ve unveiled in the foyer of the DHL Stand for all to see.”

May 23, 2017John Westerby is the Guinness-London Irish Rugby Union Journalist of the Season 2017

John Westerby, sports writer of The Times, was named as “Guinness-London Irish Rugby Union Journalist of the Season” at a ceremony in Diageo headquarters in London yesterday evening (22nd May).

Westerby came top in a nomination and adjudication process that involved the 12 clubs in the Aviva Premiership, Premiership Rugby and the Rugby Football Union.

The award citation praised Westerby for his expertise as an all-round sports journalist who covers rugby with knowledge and enthusiasm and how he has always written about players and coaches responsibly and with empathy.

The award, which has been presented annually for the past 14 years, recognises the contribution of rugby union broadcasters and journalists to the development of the game in this country.

Phil Edwards, the former rugby correspondent of Sky Sports News, received a special award for outstanding service to rugby union in a media context for his professionalism in a demanding media environment in bringing news about the game from all over the rugby playing world to television audiences in this country and Europe.

April 27, 2017Harlequins 150th Anniversary Book Shortlisted for “Rugby Book of the Year” Award

“ Nunquam Dormio: 150 Years of Harlequins”, the 150th anniversary book about the Club, has been shortlisted for the “Rugby Book of the Year” award at the publishing industry’s prestigious Cross Books of the Year ceremony next month.

The lavishly illustrated, official history book, which was published in September last, covers the Club’s first 150 years. Written by leading rugby writer, Brendan Gallagher, the 256 page, hardback publication tells the story of the Club from its early itinerant existence to it putting down roots in Twickenham and developing there. The book also features profiles of the many great personalities and players that are part of the Harlequin’s story.

The full colour, hardback book includes many previously unpublished photographs and illustrations that have been uncovered in researching the club’s rich past as well as a wealth of historic memorabilia.

Copies of the two editions of the book are still available. The Standard edition comes with a wraparound dust jacket.
Less than 100 copies of the limited Collectors’ Edition are available exclusively from the Club shop. Each book comes with its own unique number printed in the front of the book and presented in an elegant slipcase displaying the official Harlequins 150th anniversary badge. Each copy of this edition has been signed by the Club President, Bob Hiller.

The books are on sale through the Club Shop and website. The standard edition is available in a special offer with a copy of the 150th Anniversary DVD documentary at £30. The remaining limited stock of the collectors’ edition is available at £50 each.

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