GDPR: Our most requested slide

We've updated our most requested slide of 2014-2015 in celebration of Data Privacy Day 2016.Our slide summarises the high level themes of the GDPR, and illustrates how a strategic approach to Information Governance will support compliance.Click here to read our short summary of the slide!

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Data Protection, Information Governance, Information Quality

What We Do

We provide a range of pragmatic and practical consulting services to clients to support strategic planning and execution in the areas of

  • Information & Data Governance
  • Informtion Strategy
  • Information Quality Improvement
  • Data Protection Compliance

We apply our in-house structured methodologies to help clients deliver tangible results quickly and effectively

We provide a range of education, training, and coaching services to clients.

  • 1-to-1 "Bootcamp" instruction
  • Online instructor lead instruction
  • On-site training
  • Coaching
  • Training Needs Analysis
  • Bespoke/Tailored education

Our training materials are aligned with leading certification syllabus requirements. All trainers are experienced practitioners.

Our current Public Training Catalogue can be found HERE

We promote awareness of information management issues & opportunities through:

  • Research studies, Whitepapers, & Publications
  • Media comment / debate
  • Support for Civic Society organisations
  • Presentations at Conferences

Our team are all internationally rated conference speakers and tutors.

Who We Are

Castlebridge Associates is a specialist firm providing insight, advice, and education for organisations looking to improve their approach to managing and benefiting from information.

Drawing on almost two decades of experience and leadership at the interface of Business and Technology, we apply proven methods and pragmatic approaches to help organisations of all sizes unlock the value in their information with a holistic perspective that makes strategic connections between Information Governance, Data Privacy, and Information Quality. 

Our Clients

If your organisation is using information, you are a potential client of Castlebridge Associates.

We work with a wide range of clients from start-ups to Public Service bodies, from Financial Services to Non-Profits.

In addition to our services to businesses, we also support individuals who avail of our training and coaching services to help develop their professional skills in Information Management disciplines.

To find out more about the types of engagement we undertake, take a look at our Case Studies, which are updated regularly.

Our Vision

Our simple aim is to change how people in organisations think about information so that they can better:

  • Value it
  • Trust it
  • Nurture it
  • Enjoy it

In doing so, we will contribute to a better society supported by trusted and trustworthy information.

Our Mission

Our mission is to change how people in organisations think about information so they can add value, deliver benefits, and avoid risk.

We achieve this through a pragmatic evidence-based focus on human factors in the management of Information that affect how people in organisations understand and deliver on the Information and Process outcomes their customers want, as well as a practical perspective on the role of technology in Information Management.

We apply recognised reference standards and frameworks to client challenges, applying fundamental principles in innovative ways to address newly emerging needs and opportunities. 

Recent Blog Posts

The difference between Information and Data

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Back in February my brother asked us to take a look at some data for his Resident's Association. The data related to AirBnB listings in Dublin city centre. We don't do a lot of pro-bono work, but I'd forgotten to get him a Christmas present or a birthday present and was feeling guilty so I agreed to look at the data.

First of all, it was just data. A comma separated variable file with a munge of text and numeric data. Scrolling and filtering would provide some answers, but they wouldn't spark a discussion. In my experience this is a common complaint. To paraphrase the Ancient Mariner - "Data, Data, Everywhere...."

What we did didn't take very long. But it does highlight the importance of information-centric thinking rather than technology or tool driven thinking when it comes to data and analysis. It also highlights the need to think about how information will be presented. Handing someone a spreadsheet of data may not result in actionable insight or intelligence.

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Privacy Shield or Fig Leaf?

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A deal has now been done on Safe Harbo(u)r - EU/US Privacy Shield.

Below we summarise some of the key points from the press conference and give some initial analysis. Note that there is no agreed text of the agreement available, and no detail on any enabling instruments. In many respects this should be seen as a holding position pending the final final actual agreement.

On the question of Mass Surveillance

  • US has provided letters from the Office of Director of National Intelligence confirming they do not conduct indiscriminate mass surveillance.
  • US Government has conducted reform of mass surveillance practices and legislation.
  • Under the new arrangement a Special Ombudsperson will be created in State Dept to follow up on queries from EU Data Protection Authorities regarding surveillance activities.
  • There will be Redress mechanisms for EU citizens (we assume via the Judicial Redress Act in the US - but that has had amendemnts added that may weaken its effectiveness in this context).
  • The operation of this governance structure and the enforceability of the letters are a precondition of the adequacy agreeement.

This appears to introduce potentially significant increase in transparency and safe guards for EU citizens. The EU Commission makes it a precondition of the adequacy agreement that the undertakings given in this context are upheld. However, it remains to be seen how independent or effective this ombudsman will be and what "teeth" they will have.

However, the hesitancy of the EU Commission to pull the plug on the old Safe Harbo(u)r itself until the CJEU did it for them raises a question of how effective or dissuasive that precondition would be in practice - would the Commission ever pull the plug on Privacy Shield if it was not getting answers, and what legal weight should be attached to "letters of comfort" ? The European Parliament was unimpressed and many remain unconvinced.

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Castlebridge Associates is a trading name of Bridgecastle Information Management Ltd.

  • CRO: 473477 | VAT reg: IE09747978W
  • Directors: Daragh O Brien (Managing Director) | Colin Boylan
  • Reg'd office: 13 The Cloisters, Castlebridge, Wexford


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