Data Privacy Is A Major Concern For All Of Us!

Instant messaging platform WhatsApp recently launched WhatsAPP Business App which is meant to be a go-to  app for SMEs business communication. The WhatsAPP Business App lets SME’s connect with their customers. What is it good for? It’s definitely more than a normal WhatsApp.  In short, customers have the ability to access useful information about a business. Business owners on the other hand, will also have access to useful data that could be helpful to improve on their business strategies. How?  (Read More on WhatsAPP) This however, begs another series of question regarding data privacy concern. Is it too early to tell? We shall see. Time will tell.

How safe are we online? When it comes to digital security, we can’t be 100% Safe online- But  change is coming. According to Jon Crowcroft , professor of communications systems at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory, there will be an emergence of several solutions. However most importantly, he mentions the need to find “a way to identify the balance between what we want to achieve in terms of privacy and what’s useful to those mining the data”. ( Read on:- Source The Wired)

Speaking of Data privacy, the GDPR ( EU’s General Data Protection Regulation) which was  approved by the EU Parliament  in 2016  will be applicable as of  May 2018. The GDPR aims to harmonize data privacy law frame workers across Europe as well as protecting EU citizens data privacy. It further seeks to impose regulations to organizations that  host and process personal data around the work. What are the benefits of Businesses and Citizens? (Read on:-Source  European Commision)

What is the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation? 

Facebook is commiting to the GDPR’s readiness. The social media network will be introducing a new education campaign to help users understand how data is used on Facebook and the different we users can manage our personal data. (Read on:- Source FB Newsroom

The Right To Be Forgotten– Also known as the “right to delist” — On their blog, google confirms that they will be implementing the “right to be forgotten” in Europe, in response to discussions with regulators. ( Read on:- Source Google blog).

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‘We Can All Play A Part In Preventing Age Discrimination At Work’

“We are always the same age inside. ” 
— Gertrude Stein

Today i came across a very interesting article on LinkedIn. The article points out issues on the negative impact of Ageism in the work place.

To begin with, what is Ageism? And who are the main targets?

According to WHO (World Health Organization) Ageism is referred to as the-  “…stereotyping and discrimination against individuals or groups on the basis of their age; ageism can take many forms, including prejudicial attitudes, discriminatory practices, or institutional policies and practices that perpetuate stereotypical beliefs…”

Further research shows that Age discrimination begins when workers hit their 50’s Elsewhere, reports shows that it can also begin earlier when workers hit their 30’s or 40’s.  Ageism (also known as ‘Gray Ceiling’) is a global problem. According to experts, not only is Ageism hard to spot, it is also difficult to prove it, making it easier for companies to get away with it.

I can’t help but ask- Should performance be really based on age? I don’t think so. In fact, i wonder where the notion that -‘older workers perform poorly on the job than a younger worker’ came from? As a matter of fact, there are many reasons why hiring an older employee is beneficial. Read on ‘Ageism in the Workplace 2018’ (LinkedIn)

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“Aging is not ‘lost youth’ but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” 
— Betty Friedan


May Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick-Happy New Year 2018!

Greetings and Happy New year 2018!

“Know what you want to do, hold the thought firmly, and do every day what should be done, and every sunset will see you that much nearer the goal.” ― Elbert Hubbard

To many of us, the arrival of a new year generates a fresh beginning. It brings anticipation and hopefulness of a clean slate of 365 days to come. New Year is a gift. It’s a blank page waiting for you to write on it.

That said, a new year, is like a new invitation. It comes with new opportunities or new beginnings. So what if you made mistakes and errors last year? So what if you didn’t achieve your set of goals last year? Not all is lost. In fact, maybe nothing is lost at all. The good news is that you have a choice start a fresh!

“When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.” ― Napoleon HillThink and Grow Rich