San Diego, CA, February 6, 2019. Athena San Diego hosted a panel of data privacy experts to discuss how changes in privacy, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) affect businesses in the US.
Data privacy experts that shared their knowledge and experience with the audience:
- Reem Allos, Senior Associate, KMPG
- Robert Meyers, Director of Systems Architecture, Managed Solution
- Marines Mercado, Sr Privacy Analyst, ResMed
- Chris Vera, Manager, Office of Customer Privacy, SDGE
The field of privacy is changing. Consumers are now demanding privacy and noticing how their data is being used, and as a result they are taking back the control over their own data. In addition, the laws are holding companies more accountable to respect the privacy of their consumers.
The reality is, data privacy laws are going to apply to your business sooner or later, no matter where you are in the world. Therefore, being informed and ready to comply with the laws is crucial for your business to thrive in the future and establish trust with your consumers.
Robert Meyers, Director of Systems Architecture at Managed Solution explained that the number one challenge that companies face is knowing what data they are collecting in the first place: “The challenges arise when you are keeping data that you do not need anymore. Do not be a data pack rat, know what you have and delete what you do not need.”
The debate was very lively as the audience had a lot of questions and examples for the panel, demonstrating that new data privacy laws bring uncertainty. Therefore, every business should make sure they know in what way the privacy laws affect them and the data they collect and store.
To help you make first steps towards the CCPA, we offer a free 30 min consultation with our data privacy guru Robert Meyers, CISM, CIPP/E.