Paul Sonntag, Director, Privacy
It wasn’t that long ago when the concept of data privacy was mostly a legal question. Privacy obligations arose almost exclusively from regulations, so most organizations delegated the problem to legal counsel, who then tackled the problem through policy and contract language. At best, it was a cost of doing business. More often, the problem was simply ignored.
The situation is very different today. Individuals are increasingly sophisticated in their views on data privacy. They’re more likely to consider a company’s privacy promise when making buying decisions. A business’ reputation and relationship with its customers can be conditioned by its approach to privacy, particularly in data-heavy sectors such as mobile and ecommerce. Savvy companies already recognize this trend and capitalize on it by building customer intimacy and making data privacy a competitive advantage.
The lesson here? Stop thinking about privacy as a business risk and start thinking about it as a strategic opportunity. This may require your organization to undergo a cultural shift and integrate privacy at every level of product design, operations, and marketing. Here are four key questions to consider:
The privacy regulatory landscape is changing on a monthly basis and — more critically — privacy concerns are showing up in the media with increasing urgency and frequency. Customers demand better privacy protections and control over their personal data than they did even a few years ago. Especially for data-intensive organizations, the collection and use of personal data presents both a risk and an opportunity to build better and more durable customer relationships. There’s never been a better time to align your company’s strategy with this new reality.
Paul Sonntag — Director, Privacy
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