Second round of hunting has begun

Ulrik Nohr Ulrik Nohr
The new inspection report from the Danish Data Protection Agency (Datatilsynet) is out. This is important for companies given the consequences of the last inspection Datatilsynet conducted. We’ll spill the beans on what you can expect from the new inspections below. Before we dive into what the new round of inspections entails, let us look at what happened since the first round of inspections and why you need to take the new inspections seriously. If you cannot remember what it was all about, read our blog post. Before the first round of inspections, a general conception was that “we will not experience an inspection. They’ll go for the big corporates”. This statement is far from what actually happened. Datatilsynet has conducted inspections across all company sizes (see more). And as we could see from the announcement of the final report from Datatilsynet, the organisations who were inspected still had problems with the non-manual handling of their clients personal data. It is expected that the first cases will be filed to the police shortly based on these inspections. In terms of companies’ own reporting of data breaches to Datatilsynet, the final number were 2,780 data breaches declared - 600 of these… Read More

Why to love GDPR – 3 reasons for falling in love with it

Ulrik Nohr Ulrik Nohr
When we hear about all the implications of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for businesses operating in the EU or handling personal data of EU citizens, I’m pretty certain that most people feel a certain apprehension (maybe even a pinch in the stomach?). And I can totally understand why! Besides all the things I need to do, there are also fines for data breaches and non-compliance, and they can be huge. But let’s try to step back and look at the bright side of GDPR – yes – such actually exists! Let me show you why, and you – like me – might come to appreciate or even fall in love with it.   The personal side First, let’s talk about the personal side of GDPR: for EU citizens, GDPR means a lot. It means that companies need to be much more conscious and responsible when processing and handling personal data of EU citizens. They need to be more transparent about how they handle personal data, and this is – as an example – guaranteed by the “right to access” or “right to rectification”. And all the media focus on GDPR has revealed the “right to be forgotten” which… Read More

Finans.dk: Archii and CRO, Alex, plans to conquer the world

Ulrik Nohr Ulrik Nohr
Finans.dk (part of Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten) published an article about our journey so far and the recent relocation of our CRO, Alex, to New York. It headlines “Alexander er klar til at erobre verden” translates into: ”Alexander is ready to take over the world”. While ambitions are clear – world domination is not our immediate roadmap but lies a few years ahead :-) Read the full article here (in Danish). The article is about our recent commercial product launch of Archii GDPR – our first business intelligence module – which automatically identifies personal data across all your company’s documents. It is not another mumbo-jumbo story about an “AI” product that replaces the jobs of lawyers and advisors. We remove much of the manual repetitive work related to GDPR handling to enable something that has been impossible to do in a sane manner so far. We find the personal data that is hiding around your company that you forgot all about - this is a risk from a GDPR (personal data) point of view. “A business that makes a ton of money is simply not motivated to disrupt itself” – Alexander Irschenberger, Archii CRO Alex talks about coming from the corporate-… Read More

Expert tip: How to fill out and use GDPR templates in your company

Ulrik Nohr Ulrik Nohr
So, you got a GDPR template package during the GDPR frenzy (If not – get ours here for free). By now, you know it’s a legal requirement to do something about personal data, i.e. GDPR… But - the templates you receieved look terribly boring. Moreover, what do you actually do with them? How do I input the right information the right places? What is my legal basis for collecting personal data? What is my legitimate use of personal data? At this point my guess is, you’d rather watch white paint dry than filling out GDPR templates. Do not worry: we got your back. In this post, we will provide some guidance and hopefully get you from the above outset to “Aaaah – that’s what it is…”. First, we will start with some general introductions to get the full picture, and then we will go into the specific templates. 1. Introduction The General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) has entered into force throughout Europe and as a company, you should be dedicated to observe all relevant regulation. GDPR is all about personal data and how to safeguard it, minimize handling of it and have sufficient measures in place. The rules are important… Read More

4 advices: How to create a great candidate experience in a startup

Ulrik Nohr Ulrik Nohr
This year, I started my journey in HR at Archii, an AI software company on a mission to remove manual involvement from document handling. We are (as many other tech companies) building a great product and – at the same – we are building and growing an amazing team. Lots of talents and completely different backgrounds, both in terms of education, experiences as well as nationalities. It’s fantastic – but it poses challenges that we have had to learn from. Hence, I wanted to share my experience with other managers and HR professionals. Hope you’ll find it helpful – happy reading. But who am I? I am Nina. I am a person who likes to explore new ways of doing things and improve on what I do.  I’m Psychologist, and I hold a master’s in Philosophy. Working with people has been a core attribute that crosses my working experiences. I also have experience working with projects - which many times included international teams - communication, marketing and finally HR. For me, reflecting about my work in HR is truly important. I continuously ask myself if what we are creating makes sense both for employees and employer. In my daily work,… Read More

Business manager: Why you should not only rely on people to comply with GDPR

Ulrik Nohr Ulrik Nohr
Colleagues (and people in general) are awesome! If you are a manager, they are your most valuable asset and best case is that they drive your competitive edge. But if you are the GDPR responsible, they are also your biggest headache… That’s because they are building the content of your company but the content becomes the problem in a GDPR context. And you might have a hard time convincing them to do things differently. This is not due to the fact they don’t want to, but because they deem other things more important. This is especially the case with GDPR compliance. It’s everybody’s task but time is not an available resource, nor does everybody see GDPR as relevant. We have reflected on what happens if you only rely on people to comply with GDPR. And the topics are: Handling data is not very user- and people-friendly People are different - and they end up doing things differently Changing people’s mindsets is tough one Enforcing people’s GDPR compliance is a hassle Culture eats strategy for breakfast – including your GDPR strategy How can you smoothen GDPR compliance and the transition to the GDPR era?   1.   Handling data is not very… Read More

The GDPR hunting season is open:
The Danish authority Datatilsynet has announced first shots will be fired

Ulrik Nohr Ulrik Nohr
Datatilsynet (Danish Data Protection Agency) has announced the types of companies they are targeting first and on which grounds. It will be the first test of companies’ efforts to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). And it is happening as we speak. So, lets dive into how Datatilsynet will conduct their supervision and who will be the first companies to be audited. 27th of June became the day that Datatilsynet released their “GDPR supervision-plan”. The plan contains information about two areas: Which sections of GDPR are their focus? Which industries and institutions will they target first?   Mails from loyalty clubs and dating services are investigated Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock, it has been almost inevitable to avoid the data bombing of your e-mail inbox – leaving it utterly destroyed, as companies wanted to renew your consent to receive information from them. This was a direct consequence of companies trying to comply with the GDPR. Datatilsynet describes the phenomenon as follows:  ”…tusindvis af danskere [oplevede, red.] at få fyldt deres indbakker med e-mails fra navnlig private virksomheder, der under henvisning til de nye databeskyttelsesregler enten bad om et (fornyet) samtykke til fortsat at kunne behandle personoplysninger… Read More

9 steps towards GDPR compliance

Ulrik Nohr Ulrik Nohr
  The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect on 25th of May. We now live in the GDPR era where compliance needs to be as natural a part of your business as water is to fish. This doesn’t mean that transition is easy. Compliance is a long and close to a never-ending journey. We recommend that you divide the effort into smaller, doable steps and conquer them one by one. We wanted to collect some of the insights that we got when scouring through numerous reports on how to prepare and handle GDPR. So, we have compiled a list of 9 steps that you should tick off in your business. At the end of the article, we have provided all links to the reports.      1) Locate and map the personal data in your company Start to understand where personal data exists in your company? Hint: It’s everywhere. The top-four sinners are e-mails, file storages, Enterprise Content Management Systems (ECM) and cloud apps. Locating and mapping all personal data is a daunting task, so get the help you can. Make use of tools out there. And yes, we can help you with part of that automatically, but… Read More

GDPR snapshot: How ready are companies really?

Ulrik Nohr Ulrik Nohr
Ok, so GDPR is one everyone’s lips these days. It’s not without reason. But there’s a lot of clutter out there. Do X, do Y do Z – where do you even start? The confusion can be frustrating. What we usually do when we feel unsure about a situation, we look to our peers to see how they are dealing with the situation.  Spoiler alert. They are doing the exact same thing as you – looking around for someone who’s doing a great job being GDPR compliant. The truth of the matter is that it is a rare sight to find a company that is GDPR compliant. Of course, there are companies that think they are compliant – but are they really? We compiled some GDPR statistics that can give you some comfort if you think you’re the only one not being compliant. We’ve also included some statistics about where personal data is located. The fact of the matter is: You can’t be GDPR compliant if you don’t know where the personal data are in your company.   Resources: Association for Information and Image Management Spice works SAS Read More

Funding is a b#_%*! Or is it?

Ulrik Nohr Ulrik Nohr
Most of you have probably read an article or two about funding and the time associated with it. It goes without saying that the process can (and very often is) draining your time and mood. But does it need to be this way? Is it really always that bad? My name is Alexander Irschenberger, I am a co-founder at Archii where we aim to remove human involvement from document handling. I’m a former lawyer advising companies in transactions - both IPOs, venture and private equity. Besides that, I’m a founder of NJORD Nutrition and an investor in Fenris Motorcycles. As a lawyer and consultant, I have been advising small start-ups, venture funds and large corporations in venture cases, and there's are a lot of learnings to share. I’ll shed some light on common pitfalls and share some advice and hopefully help you look “funding-beautiful”. I hope you will save a lot of worrying and time wasted...   “Either you run the day, or the day runs you.” - Jim Rohn To get one thing clear: no one, including myself, will ever dispute that funding is time-consuming and stressful. Often you run around worrying all the time. And the show is… Read More