GDPR Will Require Accountability Through Privacy and Security by Design

PRIPARE defines Privacy by Design a few different ways:

  • To apply a set of principles from the design phase of ICT systems in order to mitigate security and privacy concerns.
  • To institutionalize privacy and security considerations within organizations.
  • To embed privacy and security in the technology and system development from the early stages of conceptualization and design.

OneTrust Advisory Board member and Privacy by Design champion, Ann Cavoukian, contributed the following statement to a document called Privacy and Security by Design: A Convergence of Paradigms:

“Privacy must be proactively incorporated into networked data systems and technologies, by default. The same is true of security. Both concepts must become integral to organizational priorities, project objectives, design processes, and planning operations.”

Privacy by Design used to be a school of thought; a best practice –– but with GDPR on the horizon, it will no longer be optional.

Organizations are rapidly incorporating privacy into the fabric of their operations, the same way one would incorporate quality electrical wiring or plumbing into a house, but not every company is in a position to start from scratch and rebuild its infrastructure from the ground up.

So, how can you implement Privacy by Design without demolishing the whole house?

Start leveraging standardized, repeatable processes and start automating PIAs and data mapping. Taking these steps will ensure that each department (IT, marketing, HR, operations, etc.) is doing their part to support your privacy compliance goals.

GDPR’s imposition of specific Privacy by Design requirements means that privacy and data protection is no longer an afterthought.

Platforms like OneTrust simplify and organize your privacy efforts, and (perhaps more importantly) are seamlessly integrated into your colleagues’ day-to-day work, making privacy compliance requirements feel less like a burden to them.

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