Culture can be defined as the ideas, customs, and social behavior of a particular people or society.
While till now data privacy has taken a secondary approach, but with data revolution being the fourth industrial revolution, the pace of growth of technology, collection, and processing of data has increased manifold. Undoubtedly, for us as well as for our future generations data will play a key role. Data will drive everything from education, governments, social interactions to health, businesses, and everything.
For a stable and positive growth in this data revolution, data privacy, much like physical privacy must become part of our culture. While this has to be done at both organizational as well as societal level, the first obvious step is the place where presently considerable data is directly managed. It is a key step to build a data privacy culture in offices and organizations. Adoption of data privacy into our culture is a logical and practical shift from the current reactive approach.
Presently the practice is to merely get complicated privacy and data protection policies signed by employees and vendors, who in most cases have no constructive understanding of what is expected from them. The result is that employees and organizations at large fail to follow the best practices of prevention of data privacy. Rather the job is left for the Data Protection or compliance officers who bear all the load. On the contrary, if all employees take care of data privacy at their individual levels, the seemingly daunting and complicated task of data privacy protection can be handled effectively and easily. The key is to make the workforce aware and inspired to adopt the necessary safety and security processes.
Thus developing a data privacy culture is the future roadmap, where aware and empowered workforce becomes the immune system for the data privacy protection. This way the data handled at the micro and individual levels remain safe and protected, while the organization can focus more on providing the appropriate infrastructure, know-how, and the support needed to evolve, maintain and sustain such a culture.