Data protection is one of the most important aspects of any business. The three fundamental principles every business should follow are:
- Data minimization – This means that the data collected should be limited to what is needed for the company’s operations and not more than that. It also means that if a company has to collect more data, it needs to be justified with a need for this additional data and it will have to go through a proper authorization process.
- Data quality – It is important for companies to maintain the quality of their data by following best practices in terms of how they collect, store, share, and delete their data. They must also make sure that they are using appropriate tools and technology such as encryption tools when handling sensitive information
- Data protection – Companies need to make sure they are following regulations around the protection of personal data (EU-GDPR) and that they have appropriate measures in place to comply with regulations
- Data governance – Companies need to have a robust process in place for handling personal data and to make sure information is shared within the company, across different departments, with relevant third parties, such as regulators
The impact of the Singapore Personal Data Protection Act updates on highly-regulated organisations.
What is the Difference Between Personal Data and Non-Personal Data?
Non-personal data is any data that does not contain personal information. For example, if you visit the website of a company, the information you provide on your browser is non-personal data.
Personal data, on the other hand, is any information that can be associated with a specific individual. For example, if you visit a website and click on an advertisement or sign up for an email newsletter, your personal data will be collected and used to target ads to you in the future.
What are the Most Common Privacy Violations on the Internet?
There are many ways to violate privacy on the internet. It is important to know what these violations are and what you can do about them.
- Identity theft: When someone uses your personal information without your consent and/or knowledge, which can lead to financial loss, identity theft is considered a violation of privacy.
- Social engineering: This is when an individual tries to gain access to personal information by impersonating someone else via phone calls, emails, or social media posts.
- Data breaches: Breaches of data often occur when an individual’s private data gets exposed without their consent or knowledge and can lead to financial loss or identity theft as mentioned in the previous point.
- Spying on a device: This is when an individual’s devices or computer software are being monitored without their consent and/or knowledge.
- Unlawful surveillance: This occurs when an individual’s private information is monitored in a way that violates the law, such as through wiretapping, spying on someone without their consent or knowledge.
6 Ways to Protect Your Online Data
The internet has become a critical part of our daily lives. Our digital footprint is all around us, so it’s important to know how to protect yourself online.
- Use a VPN
- Use an ad blocker
- Use a password manager
- Enable 2-factor authentication when signing up for online services
- Disable location tracking on your smartphone
- Keep your social media accounts private
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