International Privacy Day Message

My name is Dr. Waël Hassan – Lead Writer @Transigram. I’m very happy to be writing to you on International Data Privacy Day. I thought I would take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about why this day exists, and about what you can plan for this year to improve privacy in your corporation.

On January 28, 1981, the Council of Europe signed a groundbreaking treaty for the protection of individuals’ personal data. Because of the importance of this treaty, in 2007, January 28 was designated as International Data Privacy Day, a day for countries and citizens around the globe to celebrate privacy rights. On January 28, we can focus our attention on what data privacy means and how we can best achieve it. Without legal safeguards for private data, we cannot ensure a safe, free and democratic society.

Organizational practices play an important role in how data privacy is implemented. Irrespective of the position you are in, you can ensure that privacy is being built into the design of how your business offers services to clients. Following a client-centric privacy model that ensures the protection of personal information by implementing practices and policies that are conscious and transparent.

It is possible, that within your corporate culture, data protection can sometimes be seen as something negative, another unfortunate overhead. Far from being a liability, we believe that privacy-bolstering technology is an opportunity. Privacy can be a powerful way for organizations to differentiate themselves as leaders in corporate responsibility and service to the public.

Members of the public consistently express concern over their lack of control and consent when it comes to privacy – your data protection priorities meet a clearly defined social need. We consider privacy as a differentiator and a qualitative metric. This year set three priorities for your organization:

  1. Ensure transparency: Earning  clients’ trust by being open about data management practices. Try to leverage the power of agreements with partners, staff, and clients to clarify the collection, retention, use, and disclosure of information.
  2. Strengthen protection and compliance: by following strong data protection techniques, such as role based access, data masking, tokenization, and encryption, your business can provide industry grade protection for data at many levels. You can ensure compliance by evaluating all new programs and existing critical services by way of privacy and risk impact assessments.
  3. Enable better customer service and streamline efficiency: Maturing access processes that deal with clients requesting access to their data. At the same we are ensuring that your business processes are unified in the way you collect and manage Consent.

Thank you for reading about our data protection priorities. I hope you have a wonderful International Data Privacy Day!