Privacy Concerns

 Number of privacy concerns will continue to rise in coming years due to two main factors, increase of smart devices and increase of people working remotely and every data is in digitalized format. Homes are being converted to smart homes, cars are connected via internet and energy sector is going through a major upgrade by deploying IoT devices. There will be more than 200 billion connected smart devices in coming years.

Together with high number of smart devices and pandemic has turned the cyber security landscape challenging. Wearable devices like iWatch, Fitbit, Google glass are constantly collecting all kinds of PII data, from financial information to health records, music habits are stored locally or to the cloud via internet connection. The worst part, majority of the users are unaware of that their PII data is being shared to third parties on internet. Google is one of the most widely used websites, but very few people are aware about google analytics.

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Personnel data is stored on millions of devices, automated and collaborative approach is needed to deal with modern day PII issues. we need to study how traditional controls can be combined with modern technology to build the foundation of next generation of PII security controls.

Security controls that are the immediate need of the business should be prioritize and aligned with risk assessment policy. Security awareness training should be in high priority list.  In future we will have more people working remotely, which will make us more vulnerable. To categorize the security controls, consider present and future use of devices. Laptops, desktops, servers, smart phones, wearables, and cloud computing are the dominant players that are targeted by phishing, ransomware, password dumpers, social engineering attacks.

As far as my concern and though there is not much of it, I can do anything about these are Spam Email and Text Messages. They show up as unwanted and unexpected text messages and Emails on our phone screens. That’s aggravating enough, but it gets worse. Whoever is sending you a spam text message is likely trying to defraud you. Phishing emails and texts are a genuine security risk. It almost affects everyone’s life as some time you will find your bank information is stolen or your email password is hacked.

Since I use Facebook and some other of the big five vendors. The privacy concern is First, they sell the data almost indiscriminately which exposes anyone to whoever buys that data. For both Facebook and Google, you can see those sales reflected in the advertisements you see. Secondly, regardless of your political beliefs, the big 5 are of a single political persuasion. I believe strongly that these companies should never engage in political activities. They can and will influence some voters with their views.

The US instead has vertically focused data federal privacy laws for finance (GLBA), healthcare (GLBA), children’s data (COPPA), as well as a new wave of state privacy laws with California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) being the most significant.

Now a days People want stronger privacy laws because they want to have individualism and freedom to think or to do anything. And I think we need following changes in our privacy laws.

  • Individuals have the right to ask how their data is used by the company after it has been gathered.
  • If consumers are no longer customers, then they have the right to have their data deleted.
  • Individuals have a right to transfer their data from one service provider to another.
  • Individuals must be informed before data is gathered.
  • It ensures that individuals can have their data updated if it is incorrect.
  • Individuals can request that their data is not used for processing or for direct marketing.