Why is Data Protection Important?

March 21, 2023

Data protection laws and protocols are intended to safeguard important personal information from compromise or loss. As data collection efforts become ever more sophisticated, data protection efforts sometimes struggle to keep pace. But keep pace they must, both because it’s the right thing to do and because it’s the law.

As if effective data security was not already difficult enough, the lockdowns of 2020 and 2021 resulted in millions of people working from home, which created a plethora of new data security issues for individuals and businesses. In this post, we’ll look at the key elements of data protection and answer the question “why is data privacy important?”

The Data Protection Triad

A common data protection model in widespread use today is the so-called “CIA triad”. Not to worry, it has nothing to do with the Central Intelligence Agency. Instead, the letters CIA stand for the fundamental elements of data protection: 

  • Confidentiality: Whereby personal data is only accessible to properly authorised parties.
  • Integrity: Whereby all data being stored is accurate and not subject to unwarranted change.
  • Availability: Meaning all stored data is available to the appropriate parties when needed.

The CIA model was the result of efforts to create a set of easy-to-understand principles that would guide all data collection and protection efforts regardless of how large and complex.

Does All Data Require Protection?

There are certain types of sensitive data that are the catalyst for nearly all data security efforts, including the GDPR. They are personal financial information, medical records, names, addresses and contact information as well as data revealing a person’s race and religious beliefs. In addition, the following types of data should not be overlooked:

  • Credit card CVV numbers
  • HR data on employees, past employees and prospective employees
  • Cloud data
  • Computer backups
  • Data generated by interactions with chatbots
  • Data generated by social media accounts

Why is Data Privacy Important?

If the above information were to fall into the wrong hands the results could be catastrophic for the individual involved. And if that prospect alone isn’t enough to prompt businesses to redouble their data protection efforts they should consider that failing to comply with the GDPR can lead to punishing fines.

Contact Data Protection Services

Data privacy is one of the most important issues of the digital age and warrants serious attention from any company engaged in the collection of personal data for any reason. To learn more contact Data Privacy Services by calling 084 5835 7094. Or write to: info@dataprivacyservices.co.uk.

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