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Google to automatically delete some of the data it collects about users


Web and app activity, including a log of website searches and pages visited, as well as location data, will now be wiped after 18 months. The changes apply to new accounts only but existing users will soon be shown new prompts to adjust their settings.

This may sound like Google being more respective of data protection and people’s privacy, but the announcement comes as Google and other big technology companies’ data-collection efforts and business practices face increased scrutiny from data protection regulators both in the USA and Europe.

In fact, one of the GDPR data protection principles is data minimisation, which means organisations must ensure the personal data they are processing is limited to what is necessary – you do not hold more than you need for that purpose. Another is storage limitation – you must not keep personal data for longer than you need it.

Many organisations don’t seem to know that, or choose to ignore it for business purposes. But that often means operating in a way that’s barred by the GDPR. And that’s asking for trouble.

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Mike Whitfield, Compliance Manager

I’m thrilled to have signed off on the CSaaS offering.  I’m looking forward to having the most complete cyber security package for the mid-market and continuing our successful working relationship with norm.

Richard Taylor, CIO
Summit Therapeutics

CSaaS allows me to step away from multi-vendor management as the Security Operations Centre coordinates all of the technology for me.

David Vincent, CTO

We were in the market for an independent Data Protection Officer service that was well versed with both UK and EU regulators. We’re thrilled to have acquired this service knowing that an expert is available 24/7.

Suzanne McCabe, Head of Project Management
James Hambro & Partners

Norm’s penetration testing layer, along with the suite of CSaaS modules has enabled MA to exceed all its audit requirements for its major clients.

Rob Elisha, ICT and CRM Manager
Montreal Associates

The speed of your Data Protection Officer’s response was very impressive – it was far quicker than I would have expected even from an in-house DPO

Will Blake, Director of Technology and Analytics
CRU Group