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Do You Have That in Writing Presentation Materials Available

My first Enterprise University class just wrapped up! It seems students found it beneficial and I just hope they had as much fun as I did. I look forward to connecting with everyone on LinkedIn and Twitter, and feel free to reach out if you have any questions about the class or materials, or about Cover Compliance or Enterprise University. There are still a couple spring classes available and they'll be back with a summer semester, too.

Handouts for the class, entitled "Do You Have That in Writing? How Compliance Documentation Leads to Better Business", are available for download, including a PDF of the slide presentation.

You can find the PDFs for the slides and each individual handout on our Resources page by clicking here.

I look forward to getting a chance to do this again.


Pushing GDPR Buttons

GDPR has been one focus of my work for over a year, and the level of interest in GDPR compliance has exploded in the last couple months. Lots of people are now scrambling to try to meet the end of May deadline, motivated often by their interactions with their business partners who are also working on compliance.

I've spent a lot of time interacting with potential clients lately where I feel like I'm successful in educating them on how big this GDPR work normally is. But the end result is usually that I convince them to either hire someone willing to do short-sighted work (and, in my opinion, waste their money AND increase their risk). Or they end up deciding not to do anything.

Hopefully, this information will be of benefit to anyone who has any kind of GDPR work to do but isn’t familiar with GDPR or maybe even formal privacy management. And hopefully, those who reach out to me about their projects will do so knowing that I’m going to tell them there’s no GDPR easy button.


The Cover Compliance Approach - Compliance Program Model Diagram Available Now

To better serve anyone who may contact me regarding their compliance needs in order to figure out whether I am the right person to work with, I just posted a high-level compliance program overview diagram to our site's new Resources page.

(Don't worry—the picture above is NOT it.)

The diagram will show you the approach I normally take to the compliance consulting work I do, whether that is creating documentation, helping define governance processes, or dealing with awareness training needs for staff and other stakeholders.

The diagram illustrates the high-level lifecycle for creation of a complete, new compliance program.


Learning from Tanning Salon Noncompliance Study

This is the first of our ongoing “use case” blog posts, where we take off from a real news story to explore key compliance principles. For a more detailed explanation of how our posts tagged with the “use case” label will work, see our other post from today.

This first “use case” post is interesting because it illustrates just how universal the need for a compliance program can be. And it shows a key way you might figure out what to include in your own compliance program, by looking at what outsiders (whether regulators, auditors, or, as in this case, researchers focused on your product or industry) may use to investigate your industry. It also touches on the benefits of simplification in the face of a slate of differing regulations.

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