Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Privacy Issues

Many of us -- maybe most of us -- have been affected by data breaches in the past year. Perhaps your organization is one whose data has been breached by hackers. But your data could have been exposed or stolen in other ways in the workplace, during the data recovery process for example. What controls do you have in place to prevent your disaster recovery process from becoming part of the problem? A newer privacy risk is the proliferation of wearable technology in the workplace. Also of concern is the monitoring of computer/social networking activity by employers. If you have not thought about how some of these issues might impact you, this week’s articles should be of interest.

Disaster plans often address speed to recovery with often overlooked information privacy issues leaving real vulnerabilities to the protection of personally identifiable information. (Item #1)   disaster plans often address speed to recovery, overlooking information security and privacy issues; this results in significant risks to PII. (Item #2)   There are enormous benefits from Big Data analytics, but also massive potential for exposure that could result in anything from embarrassment to outright discrimination. Here's what to look out for - and how to protect yourself and your employees. (Item #3)

Here is a brief explanation of the types of issues that can arise when managing employees and attempting to stay within the bounds of privacy laws. (Item #4)  The impact of wearable technology is ringing alarm bells among privacy advocates. (Item #5)  Employees should therefore be conscious of what information they display on social media websites. (Item #6)

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