All the latest UK technology news, reviews and analysis


RSA: Businesses warned privacy becoming killer issue

27 Feb 2013
rsa2013

The lack of appropriate privacy policy can hurt businesses on multiple fronts, according to International Association of Privacy Professionals chief executive Trevor Hughes.

During his presentation at this year's RSA conference, Hughes discussed the risks inherent in underdeveloped privacy policies. Hughes said that companies that refuse to nail down privacy policies face threats from law enforcement, consumers, and competitors.

"Violate privacy and you get killed," Hughes told delegates.

According to Hughes, regulators are increasing their push to punish companies that neglect privacy laws. He said that regulators view enforcement of regulations as a way to make an example to the industry.

"One bad apple and regulators can use them as an example for the rest of the industry," continued Hughes.

Hughes pointed to the recent push by California's attorney general to crack down on mobile app privacy polices as an example of the recent governmental focus on privacy issues.

While regulators continue to create laws to enforce better privacy, Hughes says that no one law will totally address outstanding privacy issues. He argued the issue of privacy is here to stay for the long haul.

"At the end of the day there is no single law to fix privacy, there is no silver bullet. This will be an ongoing issue for all of my life time for all of children's lifetime," said Hughes.

Along with regulators and consumers, Hughes says the competition is also starting to capitalise on competitor's privacy woes. He highlighted the recent Scroogle campaign from Microsoft - which sought to undermine Google's privacy record - to illustrate the competitive advantage gained from a strong privacy policy.

"Privacy increasingly will become a competition differential. If your privacy polices are outdated your competitors will use that against you," added Hughes.

  • Comment  
  • Tweet  
  • Google plus  
  • Facebook  
  • LinkedIn  
  • Stumble Upon  
James Dohnert
About

James is a freelance writer and editor. In addition to ClickZ, his work has appeared in publications like V3, The Commonwealth Club, CachedTech.com, and Shonen Jump magazine. He studied Journalism at Weber State University.

More on Government
What do you think?
blog comments powered by Disqus
Poll

BYOD vs CYOD vs BYOC poll

Which approach is your firm taking to managing employees' mobile devices?
21%
13%
4%
21%
31%
10%

Popular Threads

Powered by Disqus
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet powered by Android KitKat 4.4

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet video

We take a look at the lightweight, waterproof tablet

Updating your subscription status Loading
Newsletters

Get the latest news (daily or weekly) direct to your inbox with V3 newsletters.

newsletter sign-up button
hpv33

Data protection: the key challenges

Deduplication is a foundational technology for efficient backup and recovery

rdc2

iPad makes its mark in the enterprise

The iPad can become a supercharged unified communications endpoint, allowing users to enhance their productivity

Post Trade Analyst - Business Analyst, middle office, STP, fina

Post Trade Analyst - Business Analyst, middle office...

Software Development Engineer

Develop: Customise: Configure. Maximise your technical...

C# Developer

C# Developer We are looking for a Mid-Weight C# Developer...

Service Desk Analyst

Service Desk Analyst - Central London Fragomen is...
To send to more than one email address, simply separate each address with a comma.