I created this cartoon to highlight the relationship between privacy and data security. Privacy and data security are deeply interrelated. Unfortunately, privacy is often overlooked as a key dimension of keeping data secure. Minimizing data collection and ensuring that data isn’t retained for longer than needed both improve security immensely. When there’s a data breach, much less data is exposed if these good data practices are maintained.
Imagine security as a safe. The safe can be made of strong steel and have a great lock. But if the data in the safe is widely shared, how secure is it? Sometimes, organizations are so focused on guarding the back door that they leave the front door wide open.
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This post was authored by Professor Daniel J. Solove, who through TeachPrivacy develops computer-based privacy and data security training. He also posts at his blog at LinkedIn, which has more than 1 million followers.
Professor Solove is the organizer, along with Paul Schwartz, of the Privacy + Security Forum an annual event designed for seasoned professionals.