The old wild-west days of Data-Complacency are over. Data Laws are constantly evolving and organisations need to adapt or fall by the wayside.
Privacy-By-Design… We can hear you groaning already!
If you have absolutely anything to do with handling private data in your organisation then we’re sure the 25th May 2018, the day GDPR came into force, has been indelibly burned into your mind.
Companies, organisations and businesses were scrambling to secure their data to comply with the new regulations (and you’d be surprised how many still are), but it didn’t have to be that difficult.
That’s where Privacy-By-Design steps in to help…
Privacy-By-Design is an approach to creating a system that empowers data protection, privacy compliance and an individual’s right to privacy from the get-go.
Under Privacy-By-Design, protecting and anonymising data isn’t something that’s just bolted on at the very end of a project (if at all). Instead it becomes an integral part of both the current project and your organisation’s culture going forwards.
It’s worth noting here that although Privacy-By-Design isn’t specifically called for under GDPR, the benefits to its implementation within your organisation will be immeasurable when conforming to Data Privacy legislation (we’ll come back to this point at the end of this article).
Problems with Privacy-By-Design come when attempting to implement it with older, less secure systems.
Many organisations still struggle with legacy issues when introducing the principals of Privacy-By-Design and that’s where the experience of a privacy specialist partner can prove invaluable (*cough, shameless cloudThing plug, cough).
The reason organisations struggle is that a lot of older systems can’t enable or support modern data security best practices which help maintain confidentiality, integrity and the availability of data.
The solution then becomes one of trying to add patch over patch to make it work or stepping back and seeking a way to integrate it into those same legacy systems that mitigates data breaches and keep your organisation compliant with GDPR (or whichever legislation is applicable to your region).
Privacy-By-Design can, perhaps, best be defined by looking deeper into each of its seven foundational principles…
As we’ve already mentioned, Privacy-By-Design isn’t (yet) necessary to be GDPR compliant.
However, implementing a Privacy-By-Design culture within your organisation will help you both be, and stay, compliant much more successfully than any other method.
It’s a powerful tool in both mitigating potential GDPR breaches and building trust with the public.
Creating a Privacy-By-Design system that places privacy above all else has multiple benefits, including…
Ultimately GDPR will continue to evolve (and more and more countries will adopt similar legislation if they haven’t already).
Privacy is going to be the key issue that concerns consumers in the coming years.
Instead of adapting to new regulations as and when they become law, Privacy-By-Design allows your organisation to get ahead of that and focus on more important goals by future proofing your business now, something we at cloudThing refer to as Build Future.
We talk a lot about Big Data, Machine Learning, Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence and in the coming years those terms will become standard for most sectors and industries but are going to open an organisation up to a world of hurt if they haven’t yet sorted out protecting an individual’s right to privacy.
That’s why Privacy-By-Design is the solution you need; if not now, then soon.