Dutch Data Protection Authority @toezicht_AP measured the number of data theft reports in 2020 and it skyrocketed. It increased 30% in 2020 compared to 2019. Less data breach reporting, more hacking, malware & phishing. #GDPR #Privacy #DataBreach Use #MFA https://t.co/owmjDbwMgO https://t.co/tHQS5XzEf0
01 Mar 2021
Brabantia together with #WeForest are growing already more than 2 million #trees ! Awesome #reforesting of #Africa ! As an employee of #Brabantia some are planted on behalf of me. https://t.co/3GL7vVIKWT https://t.co/llCSHoSo0S
27 Feb 2021
Last Friday the @EU_Commission released two draft #GDPR #EU and #UK #adequacy decisions. If approved, the proposals would allow for data to continue to flow between commercial and law enforcement sectors. Thanks @PrivacyPros #privacy https://t.co/q9iGgox4vm https://t.co/GCjJ9DoW4j
22 Feb 2021
EUCouncil agreed on #ePrivacy (#protection of #privacy and #confidentiality using #electronic #communication #services) rules. Applies to end-users in the #EU #EUCouncil start talks with #EUParliament on final text. ePrivacy will be lex specialis to #GDPR. https://t.co/FajvFTRt29 https://t.co/WO2Rn30UZI
11 Feb 2021
Dutch Supervisory Authority @toezicht_AP will grow significantly from 184 to 470 FTE. More employees for investigating possible #databreaches and reported data breaches. #gdpr #privacy #Security https://t.co/iP5QWMMg4L https://t.co/x1Xg6JGqaa
09 Feb 2021
Epidemics and Business Continuity
IntroductionAssuming that you are not working in the health care sector with comprehensive roadmaps to handle epidemics and their victims, is still advisable for any business or organization to reflect on practices, behaviours and processes that reduce the business risk during epidemics. In the last years the world is startled by epidemics such as SARS, swine flu, Q fever, Ebola and most recently Corona (COVID-19). Although this never has reached the level of the Spanish flu and the plague, the impact is still quite large. Also do not underestimate the common flu epidemic that kills thousands of people with a weakened health each year. With the information listed below, I provide you a few points that you can base your Business Continuity Plans on to master the threat of epidemics for your company or organization.
MonitoringThe very first step in the list of points is to assign someone to monitor and follow-up of possible epidemic outbreaks. This person is not required to immediately sound the alarm at every cough or sneeze, however he should be actively following the trends. When the disease reaches one of the branch offices, get the roadmap authorized by management, and check if the procedures still apply. You should also consider the incubation period to monitor the progress and successful containment of an epidemic outbreak.
CommunicationMake sure you have one point of contact (consisting of multiple persons because they can also get the disease) that answers the collected questions, unambiguously and can curb the media hypes and panic. The Departmental managers can refer employees to this point, so there are no differences in policy between departments. Correct communication and clear information can reduce possible panic among the staff and their family, thus resulting in a normal working environment.
HygieneProvide unambiguous information using posters, bulletin boards and electronic news screens with advice about the point of contact and the hygiene precautions. Hygiene precautions for an epidemic will mostly be based on the procedures to reduce cold and flu infections such as:
Cross-contaminationTo prevent Cross-contamination one can think of:
Supply ChainImportant during an epidemic outbreak is, in addition to the quarantine, disease or worse of your employees, that your raw material deliveries and production can be at risk. Your purchasing department needs to know where your suppliers buy their raw materials and even where their suppliers get their raw materials and where they have their transport routes. The recent Ebola outbreak showed that many of the experienced Cocoa-pickers could not travel freely. The Cocoa harvested by inexperienced pickers had a lower quantity, but also a lower quality. The raw materials price by these deficits also rose quickly. Your buyers may be able to switch to another preferred supplier in this kind of situation or (temporarily) stock more raw materials. Please also note that suppliers can get temporary limitations on petrol/electricity etc. because this is reserved for aid workers.
In some of the points, products are named only as an example. Johan is not affiliated with the suppliers of these products and your supplier or your experts may offer similar appropriate solutions.
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