Regulations fail to provide businesses with sufficient guidance on how to effectively manage private information of consumers or their employees. Following a set of guiding principles will help businesses gain a better understanding of how to manage personal data responsibly. The core theme to remember when considering the use of any personal information is that it belongs to the individual.
A lot of information can be inferred by the actions of a user, even when the actions seem to be innocuous. Anonymized location data can still be traced back to individuals based on the shifts that employees work and the time that the data is collected. In reality, very little information is needed to identify who you are. Simply knowing your name, age and zipcode — three common pieces of data that are commonly requested — could be enough for anyone with the know-how to unveil tremendous amounts of information.
The way every byte of data about a person is processed, stored and used needs to be scrutinized. Without clear, universal regulations on how businesses should handle personal data, businesses are left in the dark and complications will only continue to rise as technology makes it increasingly easy to uncover personal data.
To shed some light on this complex issue, the Wandera Privacy Matrix provides a clear framework for how personal information should be managed throughout its lifecycle.
|Lifecycle Stage||Description||Key Considerations|
|Collecting||Gathered either from the individual or from a 3rd party||
|Storing||Where and how is the data being stored||
|Using||Accessing the data to view or edit||
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