Deciding What’s Private, What’s Not

High-profile cyber-thefts are raising questions about online privacy and security. We look at how people and businesses are re-evaluating sharing and storing sensitive data.


Deciding What’s Private, What’s Not

The names, email addresses and phone numbers of about 50 million Uber users were stolen by hackers in 2016. Last September, 143 million Equifax customers had their personal information stolen during a cyber attack. Given such high-profile stories, our online privacy and security can seem under constant threat. The daily nature of being online and sharing information, the prevalence of website tracking and significant data breaches are prompting people and businesses to re-evaluate the use, sharing and storage of sensitive personal data.

Storing data is a fact of modern life, but it’s worth asking how much data should you share, how should it be stored and who should have access to it? Better security is part of the solution. However, some are now advocating that companies adopt lean data practices. Such practices encourage businesses to only collect data that’s absolutely needed and store it only as long as necessary. Lean data practices also encourage companies to be clear with their customers about data collection, use and disclosure.



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