Data Security: 4 Ways Your Team Can Do Better

Data Security: 4 Ways Your Team Can Do Better

With all the breathless news coverage of high profile data breaches in recent years, one could be forgiven for thinking data heists are always the result of sophisticated efforts by devious hackers in far-off lands. But the reality is much more plain. According to a recent study by Securis, 25% of data breaches are caused by simple employee error. So if your team is spending all its time trying to anticipate black swan events, it can overlook the everyday safeguards necessary to keep its data secure in a fast moving business environment. In some jurisdictions such as Europe, the day-to-day management of an organization’s data security processes must be overseen by a designated Data Protection Officer. But whether you’re a large organization operating in GDPR territory, or an SME preparing for greater data regulation such as in the US with California Privacy Law (CCPA) in January 2020, below are 4 actionable steps your team can take to do the basics right:

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4 Key Considerations For Ethical, Compliant Data Processing

4 Key Considerations For Ethical, Compliant Data Processing

If one were to chart the most important developments in the business landscape over the last 20 years, top of the list would surely be the growth of consumer data as a precious resource. Never before have companies had access to such powerful stores of business intelligence, and never before have they had such a pressing responsibility to manage that resource carefully. In 2019, data management is very commonly the difference between success and failure, and the disastrous consequences of mismanagement can impact both the company in question and the consumers that trusted the company to protect their information. Continue reading “4 Key Considerations For Ethical, Compliant Data Processing”

Preserving Privacy in the Age of Facial Recognition

Preserving Privacy in the Age of Facial Recognition

Public anonymity is dead. While that phrase, “public anonymity” may sound like an oxymoron, let me explain: You can no longer walk along a street, visit a store, or attend an event without the possibility that someone — a government entity, a storeowner, or a tech giant — knows that youare there and can track everywhere else you’ve been, simply by your physical appearance.

In 2018, facial recognition technology spent a lot of time in the news. Between Amazon licensing their Rekognition product to law enforcementthe presence of gender and racial bias in some of the current technology, and China’s use of facial recognition to publicly shame jaywalkers, it’s clear that society is facing moral and philosophical questions about who owns and should have access to your physical identity and information in the real world? Continue reading “Preserving Privacy in the Age of Facial Recognition”