Data Privacy Day – who cares?

Data keyboard padlockToday is EU Data Privacy Day. Yes, I know, there’s a special day for every day of the year so who cares? True. But here are 3 things to think about.

1. Massive data fines are on the way: 5% of global turnover. I talked about this before and today’s a good day to (get your lawyer to) do a data protection audit to ensure you’re compliant.

2. If your password is “123456” or “password”, you’re not alone. It’s not a good choice and you should change it. Today’s a good excuse for that.

Still sitting comfortably? Ok, try this:

3. The Ts and Cs of one of the major US public cloud providers says they’re not liable for:

any unauthorized access to, alteration of, or the deletion, destruction, damage, loss or failure to store any of your content or other data.

So, you’re paying your provider to look after your data and you’ve checked they’re Safe Harbor compliant, but they won’t promise to look after your data? What will your customer or regulator say if your provider loses your data? I’m not going to say which provider it is but you’d better check your terms and conditions just in case!


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