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Paul Malyon

Paul is Experian Data Quality’s Data Strategy Manager. With a wealth of experience in Data Product Management, Data Strategy, Governance and Privacy; Paul is championing the benefits of strong reference data capabilities and business processes for our clients and our business. Paul is also a leading advocate of Open Data and Transparency; helping organisations and society get the best out of the growing deluge of information.

Data Portability – does your strategy tick the right boxes for new regulation?

The impact of the GDPR (or the General Data Protection Regulation) on data strategies is rapidly coming into focus ahead of the 25th May 2018 deadline, the date on which it comes into force.

With this in mind, I thought it would be useful to take a look at one particular element of the GDPR that is going to present both opportunities and challenges for businesses. That element is the right to data portability. 

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Overcoming the 3 obstacles of Open Data

Data quality

Open Data is growing in importance as commercial organisations see value in this data for their own purposes. However, with budgets under ever increasing strain, high quality Open Data has become harder to produce. During our recent study with the Open Data Institute, we identified the 3 key obstacles to creating high quality Open Data.

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Addresses, Addresses & more Addresses

“Why is my new home not on ‘Grocery Website X’? I can’t get my shopping delivered!”

“Why do I keep getting the water bill for the flat downstairs?” (Or on the flip side, “Why am I not getting any water bills?”)

To solve these problems, Royal Mail offer two additional datasets that enhance the Postcode Address File - PAF®

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When location goes wrong

Location and address are really important for so many different tasks that we sometimes take it for granted. In fact, we only really think about it when it goes wrong... and when it comes to address data, a small mistake can have a big impact

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Why location data quality matters more than ever

In this digital age you could be forgiven for thinking that postal addresses are soon to be a thing of the past, replaced by digital communications that are accessible to us 24/7. This is not the case, in fact having recently met with what3words, pioneers of an innovative new universal addressing system, I’m even more convinced than ever.

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10 questions to ask your business about your GDPR preparations

25th May 2018. This is the date that many Data Protection, Governance, Compliance and Marketing people have got pinned up above their desks – in fact many different job roles in organisations of all shapes and sizes are involved in preparing for “GDPR Day”.

We believe that the GDPR presents a great opportunity for organisations, but with less than a year to go before the EU GDPR regulation enters UK law via the Data Protection Bill announced in August 2017, there is still lots to do.

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What are the most important elements of the GDPR?

As May 2018 approaches the EU General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR) is moving quickly up the agenda of most businesses. It’s also establishing an increasing presence in the mainstream media as consumers become more tuned in to what it means for them.

Wherever you are in your GDPR journey, an absolute must is having a good appreciation of the basic elements of the regulation so that you can plan accordingly. As a useful summary I’ve listed six important elements below, extracted from our whitepaper ‘Defining the data powered future’.  I’ve also included some important areas of consideration for each which may help to focus your planning. Of course, it’s by no means exhaustive and we’d always recommend referring to the ICO for more detail.

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