The introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the EU and the Californian Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) in California has raised awareness for the rights of consumers over their own data. This forces many organisations to change their way of thinking about personally identifiable information (PII). Many organisations address these complex international data privacy requirements using Alyne’s Software as a Service. We have identified some common challenges as well as some success factors along the way.
- Not One Tick Box
Some marketing and some organisations will have you believe compliance with a privacy law is all about one simple measure (that happens to be provided by their solution) such as the Cookie Banner on the web page. This drastically oversimplifies things and leaves organisations exposed.
- Single Exercise
Implementing a privacy framework is not a one-off exercise. Some may believe they can bring in a team of experts to “make them compliant” and then proceed as usual. That is not the case. Really implementing a privacy framework will likely change how you operate.
- Get Scared by Fines
Sadly, selling by fear is the ambulance chasing of the security and privacy industry. If you are only addressing GDPR or CCPA because of the potential fines, you are misguided and likely ignoring the huge reputational risk you are exposed to.
- Consider Added Value
If you consider good privacy practices added value for your customers and employees, you will be able to address your compliance with a business case rather than a cost of non-compliance.
- Integrate With Other Assurance
Addressing privacy isolated from other assurance functions is highly inefficient. Consider synergies with information security, BCM, operational risk, audit, compliance and other functions.
- Privacy by Design
Trying to bend your organisation to be privacy aware and data austere after the fact is expensive and difficult. Make privacy part of your architecture and operations decisions.
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