Data breaches cause tremendous problems, not only for the company affected, but also for its clients. Depending on the company, stolen data can range from relatively benign information to extremely personal details. But in any case, a breach can cost a lot of money for remediation and cause significant damage to a company’s image.
Despite the frequency of data breaches and their accompanying publicity, not many people actually understand the key concepts concerned with data storage, such as the difference between data privacy and data protection.Below, eight members of Forbes Technology Council explain the distinction between data privacy and data protection, as well as the importance of having the needed systems to protect digital assets.
1. Having One Doesn’t Ensure The Other
Data protection is focused on protecting assets from unauthorized use, while data privacy defines who has authorized access. One can say that data protection is mostly a technical control, while data privacy is more of a process or legal matter. One doesn’t ensure the other, and we need both to work together as a proper control mechanism. - Sameer Shelke, aujas.com
2. One Addresses Regulations, The Other Mechanisms
I like to think of data privacy as the regulations, or policies, that governs the use of my data when shared with any entity. On the other hand, data protection is the mechanism — that is, the tools and procedures — to enforce the policy and regulation, including the prevention of unauthorized access or misuse of the data that I agreed to share. - Mohamad Zahreddine, TrialAssure
3. The User Controls Privacy; Companies Ensure Protection
The important distinction people should know about data privacy and data protection is who controls which part. Data privacy controls are mostly given to users. Users can usually control which data is shared with whom. Data protection is mostly a company’s responsibility. Companies basically need to make sure that the level of privacy their users have set is implemented and data is protected. - Vikram Joshi, pulsd
4. Safety From Sales Vs. Safety From Hacks
Data privacy is about keeping your information from being sold or shared, while data protection focuses on keeping that information from hackers. It’s important to explain this difference to people and have a policy as to what your company does for each type of data intrusion. - Chalmers Brown, Due
5. Ensuring Your Data Is Only Accessed As Intended
The distinction between privacy and protection boils down to who we intend to share your data with versus how we plan to protect your data from everyone else. At the data access level, they mean the same thing. But in reality, protecting data from unauthorized access requires going beyond a simple ACL scheme and defending against all the vulnerabilities of the underlying systems. - Chris Kirby, Retired
6. You Can’t Have Privacy Without Security
Data privacy is about what people who have collected your data lawfully can and should do with it and what control you have over that retention and use of data. Data protection ensures that your data is safeguarded from unlawful access by unauthorized parties. It is hard to have true data privacy without data security, because why would anyone safeguard data they stole? - Matthew Wallace, Faction, Inc.
7. Professional Expertise Is Needed
Data protection focuses on protecting organizations’ assets. It is mostly about keeping threats out. Data privacy, on the other hand, is all about what is done with people’s data. It deals with how data is handled and managed inside the organization. Privacy teams are usually made of experts with backgrounds in law, policy making and some engineering. - Ivailо Nikolov, SiteGround
8. Privacy Questions Should Be Answered First
Data protection is the act of safeguarding the data already obtained, no matter what it is (PII, payment or proprietary). Thus we often overlook and ignore the fact that a privacy practice precedes the question of protection. The first step of risk avoidance is questioning if submitting your data is necessary at all; this makes the question of its protection moot. - Kyle Pretsch, Lucky Brand Jeans
Original Source: Forbes Magazine