Video: Managing Personal Information: Insights on Corporate Risk and Opportunity for Privacy-Savvy Leaders. Carswell, Thomson Reuters 2012. Available from www.PrivacyRisk.ca
Most firms are unable to adequately protect their customers against data
TORONTO, Nov. 23, 2012 /CNW/ - Recent studies indicate major
discrepancies between the perception of privacy protection in Canada
and the reality behind the ability of companies to protect personal
information. A recent report from Advertising Standards Canada and
MacLaren McCann indicates widespread willingness among Canadians to
share personal information, with up to 79% exchanging their data to
obtain a benefit. Trust in companies is increasing as up to 80% of
Canadians believe their personal data is adequately protected.
Unfortunately, the privacy landscape in Canada may suffer as a result
of a false sense of privacy, according to a privacy professional and
author of "Managing Personal Information: Insights on Corporate Risk
and Opportunity for Privacy-Savvy Leaders" (Carswell, 2012).
The President and principal Risk Advisor of Toronto-based Informatica
Corporation, Claudiu Popa says "we have been watching these studies
come in and individually, they offer significant insight into the state
of privacy but a cross-sectional analysis reveals a barometric
predictor of the impact of personal information breaches over the short
to medium term. The picture that emerges is anything but rosy. That's
why we felt it was important to write this book" he added. According to
the Edelman Privacy Risk Index, 62% of companies say their organization
does not possess the expertise or technology to effectively protect
personal information. The severity of these implications is underlined
by a reported 15% annual increase in the number of companies that
suffer from external privacy and security breaches (according to Ernst
While 73% of Canadians appear to show a surprising lack of concern over
the information they submit online, they also indicate that they are
aware that their Internet activities are tracked for marketing
purposes. The majority are willing to share location data, shopping
data and other information used for promotional purposes. The critical
factor for Canadian companies is that 72 percent of respondents said
they worry about the erosion of personal privacy even as they continue
to share information online. In fact, the majority of Canadians do not
want companies to share personal information with third parties and
would prefer to have control over the shared data. The current study's
findings independently support the book's perspectives as it offers
solutions to prevent privacy breaches and their costly outcomes.
According to Claudiu Popa "89 percent of Canadians believe that they're
already sharing too much information online and they're not hypocrites,
they realize that they need to share information to get things done.
Three quarters of consumers will abandon a company if information was
accessed without permission. It's simply the way the economy, and the
world as a whole, work. Unfortunately organizations that haven't yet
read the book misinterpret the need of individuals to share information
as a willingness to surrender personal details or even a weakness to be
capitalized on. This is a dangerous conclusion to draw, and 57% of
companies appear to support this view, because they said they do not
consider privacy and the protection of personal information to be a
corporate priority while 53 percent mistakenly believe that a data
breach would not tarnish their reputation. 61% do not even enforce full
compliance with laws and regulations."
At an approximate cost of $200 per compromised record, the average
per-incident cost to companies has often exceeded $7 million over the
past few years and will continue to climb with changes in legislation
surrounding mandatory breach notification and anti-spam provisions.
Between consumer concern, regulatory enforcement and litigation carving
deeply into Canadian privacy operations, there should be no question
that companies of all sizes need to place an absolute priority on
compliance and enforcement, but it is often the damaging reputational
impact and media scrutiny that convince firms to get serious about
personal information protection. "Managing Personal Information" offers
actionable guidance to enable the proper implementation of privacy
programs within Canadian organizations.
"Managing Personal Information" is a uniquely Canadian collaborative
effort to improve privacy and security practices at the higher levels
of public and private leadership. The book's notable authors provide
exclusive new content along with a foreword by the Ontario Information
and Privacy Commissioner, Ann Cavoukian.
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