Data Privacy Day, happens annually on 28 January. It is an international effort to create awareness about the importance of respecting privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust. Something, at i3Secure we are keen to champion.
Protecting privacy has now become part of an organisation’s DNA. And with the UK GDPR and Data Protection Act 18, the regulations we have in place have become the gold standard and a model followed in many parts of the globe.
The value of an efficient data protection regime has become even clearer during the coronavirus pandemic. New digital solutions such as tracing apps can only work if people can feel well protected and can trust that their data will not be misused. The UK GDPR is the steppingstone to the UK and Europe’s human-centric approach to digital technologies; it supports and empowers citizens.
Free and safe data flows are also a prerequisite for government and business operations to continue during the pandemic. Protecting privacy and facilitating data flows has to go hand in hand. Strong data protection rules are part of the solution in tackling the pandemic. They will also benefit us as the transition towards data-based societies and economies is even further accelerated.
There are a range of things that organisations and as consumers we can do to ensure we protect ourselves and fully realise the benefits good privacy can bring.
Advice for Consumers: Tips to Help Protect Your Privacy
- Personal data is like money: Value it. Protect it. Information about you, such as your purchase history or location, has value – just like money. Be thoughtful about who gets that information and how it’s collected through apps and websites. You should delete unused apps, keep others current and review app permissions.
- Share with care. Think before posting about yourself and others online. Consider what it reveals, who might see it and how it could be perceived now and in the future.
- Own your online presence. Set the privacy and security settings on websites and apps to your comfort level for information sharing. Each device, application or browser you use will have different features to limit how and with whom you share information.
- Think before you act. Information about you, such as the games you like to play, your contacts list, where you shop and your geographic location, has tremendous value. Be thoughtful about who gets that information and understand how it’s collected through websites and apps.
Advice for Organisations: Privacy is Good for Business
- Privacy is everyone’s business: If you collect it, protect it. Follow reasonable security measures to keep individuals’ personal data safe from inappropriate and unauthorised access.
- Transparency builds trust. Be open and honest about how you collect, use and share consumers’ personal data. Think about how the consumer may expect their data to be used and design settings to protect their information by default.
- Build trust by doing what you say you will do. Communicate clearly and concisely to the public what privacy means to your organisation and the steps you take to achieve and maintain privacy.
- Conduct due diligence and maintain oversight of partners and vendors. If someone provides services on your behalf, you are also responsible for how they collect and use your consumers’ personal data.
At i3Secure we help organisations meet data privacy obligations and protect their consumers through a range of services:
- Data Protection Officer as a Service
- Data Privacy Managed Service
- Data Protection Impact Assessments
- Data Protection Health Checks
- And more.