I recently had the opportunity to discuss the current state of privacy policies and how to make them more effective for an article on TechRepublic.
In a world where online privacy is of utmost importance, consumers often do not meet companies halfway by reading privacy policies advertised on websites. Why don’t we take the time to even glance through them, but instead blindly click accept? It’s simple: We avoid reading the lengthy, jargon-filled content so we can begin using the service we downloaded, bought, or installed as quickly as possible.
In the article, I highlight four distinct causes and effects surrounding privacy policies:
- Website owners want to eliminate all possible liability, meaning privacy policies are loaded with legalese.
- Website privacy policies may not represent what the company is actually doing.
Because of the high rate of data influx, most companies should look at software tools to help identify risks and provide real-time solutions when it comes to assessing customer data privacy. From experience, I have learned that does not mean just any software. The software should have the following attributes:
Say it: After establishing information privacy policies to ensure the security of sensitive or regulated content; be sure your selected process is in accordance with U.S., international, and vertical-specific compliance regulations.
Do it: Determine the risk severity of the captured data using advanced risk calculators. Look for a software tool with options such as highlighting areas that violate the specified compliance standards or guidelines as well as providing multiple perspectives on potential risk.
Prove it: Prove policy compliance with ongoing monitoring, detailed reporting, and incident tracking. Effective tools produce detailed reports of preventative and corrective actions taken to ensure content is uploaded, stored, classified, and secured in accordance with information governance policies.
To read more about the lack of honesty in the relationship between companies and their customers when it comes to privacy policies, please visit TechRepublic.
To learn how AvePoint Compliance Guardian allows you to say it, do it, and prove it, please visit our website.