The CCPA is an opportunity to get your data security house in order

As California’s privacy legislation goes into effect, it’s time to take stock of your security strategies around data and think about the future. The trend towards greater privacy is set to continue.

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The big data grab drove companies to stockpile data, with little thought of how to use it, and even less thought about how to properly secure it. People everywhere are growing more conscious of the data they share, who collects it, and how it is handled. This rising awareness has sparked legislation designed to safeguard sensitive data, but these new laws aren’t just boxes to tick off, they represent an important trend that businesses need to get on board with.

Like the EU's General Data Protection Legislation (GDPR), the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) is a far-reaching attempt to enshrine new rights for people around their data. Everyone should be able to see what data is being collected, for what purpose, and to decide that they don’t want to share data without penalty.

You could study what the CCPA means for your business and work out how to comply in fire-fighting mode, then wait for the next piece of data legislation. But that’s short-term thinking, and it will cost you more in the long run. The smarter move is to use the CCPA as a springboard to re-examine your data security efforts, fundamentally change the way you collect and use sensitive data and get your house in order.

There are three key areas to consider: how you collect data, how you store data, and how you distribute data.

Interrogate your data collection   

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