Tag: Privacy Laws

Privacy threats come from various sources searching to capture personal information (PI) for good but also exploitation. As infractions grow in sophistication, businesses should understand privacy laws to produce added internal protection.

Privacy laws are a subset of the broader system of data privacy that includes the acquisition, use, and safe storage of PI. Internet privacy is closely regarding how personal information gets exposed over the Web, through tracking, data collection, distribution, and cyber-security risks.

According to a Pew study, 86% of Americans have taken action to maintain their privacy by deleting cookies, encrypting email, and protecting their IP address. Additionally, Pew Research Institute did another study finding that controlling PI online is “very important” to 74% of Americans.

Also, digital traces are everywhere. You are publishing personal information into the Web every time you:

– give out your email
– fill out online forms
– visit a website
– store images or documents in the cloud
– sign up for an account
– enter your credit or debit card information
– post on social media

Can you say who, other than the designated recipient, will hold or possess the data you provide? Will controllers or processors also distribute your data with other parties? Your data may get shared in ways you don’t anticipate or want. Moreover, your information may be at risk because even the best data protection plans aren’t adequately insured. 

Finally, a blend of business practices and effective personal practices can only prevent possible privacy threats. It doesn’t eliminate them. Your legal/compliance teams and other privacy law experts can do their part by performing extensive assessments and responses.

Read more about privacy laws and how to protect personal information. 

Governments & Privacy

Governments & Privacy

When the words “government” and “privacy” get put side-by-side, the knee-jerk reaction is usually harmful. Since the days of Orwell, governments have been poking their noses into citizens’ business. History ...