10 Data Privacy Best Practices for the Digital Workplace – CMSWire

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Chris Nguyen

The speed at which the digital workplace is evolving means operating policies and procedures are also in flux. One of the most important of these is data privacy: how to handle the personal, confidential information of customers and employees. Ensuring data privacy in the digital workplace isn’t just a nice to have, it is the focus of governments and agencies across the world. In short, it is the law.

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And it’s complicated.

Data often lives in silos in the organization with one group focused on data privacy, another on security, yet another on compliance. Throw marketing into the mix and you end up with layers of policies surrounding the same data. Plus, data has different levels of sensitivity as to what is considered private, confidential and in some organizations, classified.

Given that scenario, here are 10 best practices for ensuring data privacy in the digital workplace.

10 Best Practices for Data Privacy

1. Data is people. To fully understand and communicate data privacy, remember that data is not 111s and 000s. Data is people. “Companies need to realize that they’re being entrusted with the digital versions of people. And once you start thinking that it’s a carbon life form in digital form that I am being entrusted with, you’re going to treat that differently than a collection of digital records,”