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 If your privacy polices are outdated your competitors will use that against you," added Hughes.