UK regulations, help or hinderance; Dark data
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This week’s newsletter is a slightly lighter edition, but we’ll be back next week with an entire batch of updates.
For now, I’ll leave you with some extracts from some content that has caught my eye this week:
Changing UK data protection regulations - a help or a hindrance?
The UK had had four years to get used to the sweeping changes that the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) brought with it when its provisions were implemented in the Data Protection Act 2018.
Having been marched up to the top of the GDPR hill, it looks increasingly likely that marketers and their clients will be marched back down again sometime soon. In the Queen’s Speech on 10 May, the government revealed that it was planning significant reforms to data protection law.
There tends to be a lot of anxiety surrounding significant legislative changes, but this often proves unfounded when compliance realities don’t prove as difficult as feared. This is why some marketers suggest that worrying too much in this respect is a stressful waste of time and energy.
“Data protection regulation is beyond the capacity of us mere mortals,” admits Andrew Armitage, founder and MD of A Digital, an agency based in Kendal, Cumbria. “People running small businesses can’t afford the services of a compliance department, a chief data officer or an information security officer. The reality is that most small firms – and probably larger ones too – will choose their providers carefully and do the best they can.”
Whatever reforms are eventually enacted, there is one thing for sure: the whole marketing profession would like these to be the last ones for a while.
Are you aware of your company’s dark data?
Over 50% of a company’s data is dark.
Now that might be an overestimation, but the underlying point stands.
Do you know of that $26 million in storage expenses per year, dark data poses significant risks to an enterprise’s security and compliance efforts, making it more critical than ever to address the foundational issues that cause it.
If an organization fails to shine a light on dark data, especially dark data stored in the cloud, multi-cloud approaches can further widen the door to cyberattacks and recovery at scale cannot be ensured.
The more organizations know about the data they hold, the more effective they will be in understanding how to protect it from risk and recover after an attack.
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