It’s Data Privacy Day (@StaySafeOnline) and the National Cyber Security Alliance celebrates this with its annual symposium in San Francisco today. It marks an opportunity to raise awareness and remind organisations about the importance of safeguarding data, respecting the privacy of individuals, enabling trust and encouraging a culture of cyber security.
Last week, IBM’s CEO Ginni Rometty speaking from Davos in Switzerland at the World Economic Forum, commented that one of the biggest issues for every government right now is privacy of consumer data but that a barrage of regulations could destroy the digital economy.
“Every government is itching to regulate, and the risk we all have is that there’s a great overreaction. The casualty is the whole digital economy. We have to protect consumer privacy with precision regulation: consent, opt out, ability to delete”.
Rometty added that privacy is sacrosanct. “We (IBM) exist because clients trust us with data. So I think every company now has to do that, when everyone’s looking to benefit from it. If you’re gonna benefit from it, you have to live by those rules,” she said.
Amicus ITS Sales Director Les Keen added, “This is true for all responsible data guardians and a view that Amicus ITS endorses. As an IT Managed Service Provider we are trusted and relied upon by our customers to manage their data safely. Today’s event is a great reminder that we all have to keep on our toes to stay safe online and education will always remain at the heart of this – connecting the technologies, processes and people. Happy DPD!”
Any organisation wishing to discuss data protection issues in confidence can contact the Amicus ITS sales team by calling + 44 2380 429429.