THE FUTURE OF PRIVACY

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THE FUTURE OF PRIVACY

If anybody had any doubts about the future of privacy in the digital era, recent developments both in areas of breach and compliance are sufficient enough to ward off any fears of achieving anything near that goal in the foreseeable future. WhatsApp hacking has ripped apart great privacy claims made by companies to woo the users the world over and also their incapability to deliver privacy even with their supposedly best efforts. The best efforts has to work in consonance with the mercenary monetisation of data which more often than not gets unstuck.

In the NSO suspected WhatsApp attack, I.5 billion users are at risk, whatever may be the final number, vulnerability existed, that is what matters. Whether it was exploited or not is a different story. The capability of the spyware is all comprehensive trawling through the mobile for all data / calls, possesses the capability to activate phone’s camera / microphone and perform other malicious activities. The compliance to GDPR would mean its reporting in 72 hours. The detection to dissemination of detection news to reporting the breach needs meticulous investigation.

The compliance side of data privacy is equally grim. General Data Protection Regulation, GDPR, is the gold standard of data protection. With a two year advance notice to the companies, it got implemented by half of the companies missing the GDPR deadline and 70% admitting that their systems won’t scale. This is based on a survey done by DataGrail of more than 300 US privacy management decision makers. The unaffected US companies without European Data would be now be affected by California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) which goes into implementation seven months from now.

Seven months was the average time taken for GDPR compliance, what would it take for CCPA to be successful nobody knows. The task involves humungous effort and time. Manual compliance has to give way to Privacy Management, criss crossing the whole enterprise through its ERP / Enterprise Architecture. A technical, legal, management jigsaw puzzle has to be surmounted.

PRIVACY IS STUCK UP BETWEEN MERCENARY HACKS AND MERCENARY MONETISATION OF DATA.

Sanjay Sahay

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