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Personal data – What is it?

Personal data is information and assessments that can be linked directly or indirectly to an individual, i.e. the data subject.


Personal data includes name, gender, age, address, phone number (for personal or work use), credit card transactions, social security number etc. But we must also remember that, for example, IP addresses and encryption keys in many cases can be linked to individuals, and thus may be considered as personal data. Personal data also includes behavioral information such as where you shop, what you watch etc (often referred to as profiling).


Sensitive personal data is information on race or ethnicity, political, philosophical and religious beliefs, health conditions, sexuality, membership in unions, criminal matters. In addition, it includes genetic and biometric information when General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on May 25, 2018.

What to do when your printer dies?

My printer died yesterday! Or rather, the automatic paper feed stopped working. I suppose it had to happen sooner or later. I’ve had my printer for almost 10 years. It’s an HP Deskjet 3650. I’ve never had any problems with it before, until now. I first noticed that it had trouble grabbing hold of the paper, and when it finally did the paper came out in a mess. Yesterday though, it gave up. No matter how many times I tried, it simply could not get a grip of the paper. What’s the worst thing about this you think? Not the fact that printer  doesn’t work anymore, and not that I had just installed a brand new colour ink cartridge (which ment I just wasted £20). No, the worst thing about this is that I had to print out some pretty important business related documents yesterday. That’s when it decides to quit on me! Extremely annoying!!!

Anyway … although annoying it’s not the end of the World! There is always the option of email, and if you’re like me you probably know someone with a printer. That is, if email isn’t good enough. Let’s just say that the problem was temporarily solved.

However, there is still the problem of being short of a working printer. It needs to be solved. I need to buy a new printer, but what should I get … an ordinary ink jet printer (equivalent to the one I have/had) or perhaps a multi function printer (with a scanner, copier and printer all built in to one)? Suddenly it feels like the quite simple problem has become even worse. It’s decision time!

For personal use I don’t really need much. The equivalent of my now departed printer would be good enough. For business use however, something a little more advanced would probably be preferred. I should probably look at this from a point of view of a small business owner. A multi function printer would most likely be the best, and perhaps most economic, way to go. You get several different useful functions all in one gadget, and because of this you also save a bit of space in your (at least for some of you) small office. For me this is an important point. I already have a scanner, but as I have limited space I keep it stashed away when I don’t use it. Unfortunately this means I don’t use it very often. To much work to get it out and plug it in. If I had a multi function printer I would never have to think about whether it’s to much work or not. It’s there already.

Conclusion: I believe I will have to go with the multi function printer! 🙂