Data Protection Day (known as Privacy Day outside of Europe),
In the last ten years, data protection has become a more pressing issue in our everyday lives. The internet was still in its infancy in 2006, but now in 2016 we are truly living in the digital age with every element of our working and personal lives stored online. Who we are, where we are, and what we are is being processed every second.
The aim of Data Protection Day, therefore, is to give people the chance to understand what personal data is collected and processed about them, and the risks associated with the mishandling of such data.
Taking this into the world of business has important implications in the everyday handling of data – be it staff data or client and customer data.
The fundamental message is that Data Protection must become a culture within a company.
This culture can be fostered with a simple statement: “If you collect it then you must protect it.” This means educating your staff about the importance of the proper handling of data, and investing the time and money into the resources to enforce this message.
But data protection is not only something to be cultivated from inside your company. You are also responsible for how partners and third parties protect the data they work with, especially when they are working with your company or your customers.
And remember Data Protection is not about secrecy; it’s about transparency. Be clear and open to your colleagues at board level, your staff, and your clients and customers about the importance of creating a data protection culture.
On Data Protection Day 2016 take the first steps toward creating that culture in your company.