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News and politics affecting business in BC.

GDPR – Canada and Email Marketing

The GDPR is the new regulation coming into force 25 May 2018 across the European Union. The details of what it is and how to be compliant are discussed here, and why it is a good thing is explained here. In this article, the effect it has on Canada and email marketing will be explored. As before, this is not meant to be legal advice, and if you are concerned about being compliant, seek professional council! This is an introduction, as many people in Canada have not heard of GDPR before.

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Why the GDPR is a Good Thing

In the previous post, the GDPR was introduced, and what it means for businesses to be compliant. In this article, it will be discussed why the GDPR is beneficial. Many people mostly only irritated by it, in a professional capacity, but personally, it affords EU citizens many new rights and control over their data.

With the GDPR, the balance of power between businesses and the public is made more equal. It ensures that there is clear transparency for people to know what is happening to their data. Not only can people now know exactly what is happening with their personal information, but they can decide exactly what happens to it. There are more details in the section below, but essentially, more control over one’s personal data = good.

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GDPR – European Personal Data Regulation

The GDPR – General Data Protection Regulation – is regulation coming into effect on 25 May 2018. It has not made the news much in Canada, but it has the potential to affect every country in the world. So what is it exactly? In this article, we will be introducing what the GDPR is (do not be alarmed), the obligations of those involved (everybody), and how to be compliant (guidelines only).

We have two more blog posts about the GDPR, see here for the effect on Canada and Email blog, and here for why the GDPR is a good thing blog. If you’ve been hearing about it and been terrified about it, you might not be thinking it’s a good thing, but ultimately, this is going to protect people’s data, and give people more power when dealing with companies of all sizes.

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Net Neutrality – Help Keep It

You’ve probably heard a lot about Net Neutrality in the last few years, and recently it is back in the news. Canada, and the world, will be affected in many different ways if Net Neutrality in the USA ends. But what does it mean exactly?

What is Net Neutrality?

Basically, Net Neutrality is the principle foundational rule of the Internet that means all web services are treated equally. This means that there cannot be content that is placed in a slow lane, thereby reducing the amount of people accessing it, or blocking the content entirely. Without Net Neutrality, an Internet provider can charge websites and users special fees to avoid slowdowns. In other words, an Internet provider could make accessing a particular website extremely slow if the site’s owner doesn’t pay the fees. The only ones that this benefits are the Internet providers themselves, as they can collect money from Internet users and website owners.

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An Office Away From The Office

This July I was working at Coastal Offices (http://www.coastaloffices.com/) in Colwood. The experience has been great! A wonderful office away from the office. Let me share with you why I think this type of temporary office environment worked for me. Continue reading

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ITBusiness Article: Budget a big letdown for small Canadian firms

Apart from a few sops, this year’s federal budget offers nothing really substantial to Canadian small and mid-sized firms, observers say. Continue reading

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Federal Budget Consultations

There are pre-budget consultations going on across the country, before our elected federal politicians gather in Ottawa for the new budget. I have sent the following to my Member of Parliament, Continue reading

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Spam sapping productivity of Canadian employees

Spam is seriously eroding the productivity of Canadian knowledge workers. It’s also eating into the time and resources of IT departments, experts say. Continue reading

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