Data Privacy Explained | Cybersecurity Insights #11

June 12, 2019 posted by



Welcome back! Josh here from Absolute If you've been on planet
Earth the last couple of years, you know one topic in Information Security is grabbing everyone's attention: Data Privacy Look around at a home of 2019 and compare it with a
home of the 1980s or even the 90s. And take notice of what's likely to be missing Answering machines, Rolodex, Alarm clock, Maps, Vinyl records, VHS tapes, CDs, DVDs… Each, and there are many more, have been replaced by a smartphone. Digital has dematerialized our world. The things people need
are no longer dependent on physical stuff, but are satisfied by digital technology. What this have to do with data privacy? Well, digital has
also dematerialized people. We live in a digital reality. Who we are has become a
collection of individual pieces of data; we call it Personally
Identifiable Information or PII. People have always been
conscientious about their personal privacy. But now that we've been dematerialized, personal privacy takes a new shape. Each person's right to
privacy is more easily overthrown, because we're not
moving physical material around in space, but manipulating
bits and bytes that compose a person. One school of thought says, "Just stay offline". Another way of thinking says, "Hey, my data will be
used (or misused), it's no big deal". While others contend, "Wait!
That's my data and that's who I am!" For starters, just saying "stay offline" isn't reasonable for a 21st century person: The digital world is where things happen. That's why we call it the Digital Transformation. Businesses, Government, School, Research, and even friend-to-friend interactions all happen in the digital town square. For those saying "No big deal", would you say
that if you were being harassed or stalked by someone in the physical world? And even if you don't care how your data is used, other people do… and they want assurances
that their privacy is always secure. You can see why data
privacy is all the rage right now. And it's not just social media
data scraping to create "fake news"; We see credit bureaus, city governments, and even hospitals, schools and universities all fail to safeguard individual privacy. Data privacy goes to the
heart of what we value as a society, which demands that we do our best work to protect those digital persons in our care. Be sure to subscribe
and put your comments below. I'll see you next time, and we're gonna
take a deeper dive into the laws that are
designed to protect personal privacy.

2 Comments

2 Replies to “Data Privacy Explained | Cybersecurity Insights #11”

  1. Josh Mayfield says:

    Dematerialization through digital has broken the space-time continuum. Your digital 'self' is capable of being in multiple places at once—and by the laws of probability, that necessarily increases the risk (more opportunity because there are more places). But you can be confident that data is protected with relentless visibility and control. https://www.absolute.com/en

  2. Frank Barone says:

    "its not that I have anything to hide, I just don't have anything I want you to see". BE SAFE PEOPLE. Never reveal your identity to anyone or anything online. Never use your real name on FaceBook or Google. Always use prepaid credit cards purchased with cash if you need to buy anything online. Never fill out DMV forms, medical or car insurance, job applications or anything online. Read all privacy statements, and terms of use before doing any business with anyone. Never let yourself be photographed and tagged with your real name. Privacy is fleeting, The more you give in, the less freedoms you'll have. Fight for you constitutional rights to travel freely without having to pay anything for "Real ID", drivers license etc. Millions of gallons of blood was spilled for your freedom, don't let it slip away!

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