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31 May 2024
Deciding cybersecurity spend: how much is enough?

As technology continues to advance, the threat of cyber-attacks becomes increasingly prevalent. Investing in robust cyber defence measures can help property agents protect their sensitive data and systems — but what proportion of an IT budget should be set aside?

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05 Jan 2024
Data sharing framework to enable digital homebuying

The Data Protection and Digital Information Bill (DPDI) passed its Second Reading in the House of Lords on 19 December 2023 and once introduced, it will support the development of secure digital identity services which promise to speed up property purchases, reduce fraud and revolutionise the customer experience.

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05 Jan 2024
Data privacy in the housing sector - unlocking GDPR

Although the General Data Protection Regulation has been with us since 2018, for many organisations it has remained a complex piece of legislation, difficult to navigate and something that always sits at a bottom of a to do list. With that in mind, Propertymark has partnered with Risk Evolves to give members access to free training opportunities throughout 2024.

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12 Dec 2023
Data protection reminder for housing sector after breaches

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has published refreshed advice for agencies on how to comply with UK GDPR law after analysis of complaint data revealed a lack of understanding in the UK housing sector.

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28 Sep 2023
Responding to a Subject Access Request

The Data Protection Act 2018 gives any individual (data subject) the right to request access to all the information held about them. We have outlined the steps you need to take when a request is made in writing by an individual seeking to access their personal data.

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20 Jun 2022
The importance of effective cyber risk management

There is now a greater reliance on digital services for agents, this makes it even more important to review and invest in cybersecurity to manage the risk of potentially disruptive cyber incidents.

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21 Mar 2022
Helping homebuyers avoid fraudsters

The National Economic Crime Centre (NECC) and partners have launched a new phase of their campaign to help homebuyers avoid Payment Diversion Fraud (PDF).

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05 Oct 2021
Data: A new direction

The UK Government has launched a consultation on its strategy to reshape the UK’s data protection regime, which intends to reform current regulation to aid growth, innovation and competition, re-affirming the UK as a 'hub' for data-driven business. 

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12 Jul 2021
Fact sheet: General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

The General Data Protection Regulations (EU GDPR) were rolled out across the EU on 25 May 2018. The Regulations brought consistency in data handling to EU member states and granted individuals additional rights on when and how their personal data is used.

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21 May 2021
Gallagher’s Cyber Risk Management Webinar Series

Specialist insurance broker and Propertymark Industry Supplier Gallagher discuss their findings which show that businesses are experiencing an increase in cyber risks as a result of changes in the way of working.

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06 May 2021
Issue 43: April / June 2021

This issue welcomes our new CEO, Nathan Emerson where he sheds a light on the upcoming major investments and changes that Propertymark will be undergoing in order to give more back to members.

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12 Mar 2021
Homebuyers now able to use smartphones to prove identities

HM Land Registry has launched its first Digital Identity Standard to make identity verification safer and more convenient for anyone buying property in England and Wales.

11 Mar 2021
ICO registration mandatory for all businesses

Any business or sole trader who processes personal information must register with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) under the Data Protection Act 2018 and failure to register is a criminal offence.

13 Jan 2021
Property industry urges the use of the UPRN across the sector

Propertymark, along with other leading residential property bodies across the UK, have published an open letter to Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and Thalia Baldwin, Director of the Geospatial Commission highlighting the potential benefits from implementing a widely adopted Unique Property Reference Number (UPRN).

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26 Mar 2020
Avoid online scams to keep yourself safe

New ways of working and potential home distractions mean conditions are perfect for bad actors looking to harvest data. News sites report an increase in ‘phishing’ emails and other online scams, designed to trick users into giving up confidential information or access to systems.

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23 Mar 2020
Data protection guidance for remote working

With a vast majority of people in the property industry working remotely and whilst individual safety is at the top of their priorities, agents and business owners must also be aware of the safety of their data during the crisis.

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