Data privacy – what can we expect in 2019

From several high profile data breaches, to the new EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) officially coming into effect, 2018 was a big year in the world of IT, especially for data privacy – and 2019 shows no signs of the subject quietening down either. With this in mind, we’re rounding up some of the key security and data privacy trends we expect to see over the next 12 months: 

1. A key responsibility for all employees , not just the IT department

While security and data privacy have traditionally been exclusively the domain of IT departments, this is a risk businesses’ can no longer afford to take if they’re serious about data privacy. As well as the growing threat from hackers, consumers are now more aware than ever of their data rights, meaning all employees must take responsibility for data handling.  Data privacy will therefore become a key part of business strategy, with many organisations expected to introduce new data policies and training for staff, as well as upping their budgets to ensure maximum security.

2. Cloud computing will become a vital part of data security

As more and more businesses become digitised, we can expect to see cloud computing become even more popular, thanks to its rigorous user-access protocols, ensuring more robust data and network security. Cloud systems can keep a wide array of data safe; from transaction details, to sensitive personal information. It can all be found on one system – not only keeping businesses’ data secure, but also consolidating it in one easily accessible location, increasing productivity and efficiency. 

3. ePrivacy Regulations will give further clarification 

Originally meant to come into effect alongside GDPR on 25th May 2018, the ePrivacy Regulations now look set to come into force later this year.  These regulations – relating to the respect for private life and the protection of personal data in electronic communications – will apply to any business that provides any form of online communication, uses online tracking technologies, or engages in electronic direct marketing. Businesses will therefore need to make sure their data privacy practises apply across every channel and not just offline.

4. SMEs will face crackdowns too – not just big corporations

Similar to our first point, data privacy and security can no longer be the sole domain of larger corporations. SMEs must also take responsibility for it, if they want to avoid data breaches. Figures from Hiscox estimate that 52% of UK small businesses have no cyber security strategy in place – leaving them vulnerable to cyberattacks and data loss.  With this in mind, we expect SMEs to face more accountability when it comes to taking their data protection responsibilities seriously.

5. Consumers will become more proactive in ensuring their data is secure

For many consumers, GDPR shed a stark light on the true extent businesses are able to access and use their data. As a result, we are seeing individuals become more vigilant and discerning about what data they share. Many are now reviewing their privacy settings, sharing less information, unsubscribing from unwanted marketing communications, requesting copies of their data held by organisations and in some cases, even requiring companies delete their data entirely from database. 

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