Privacy Mode was launched in April 2020 as a platform to aggregate learnings from India’s tech ecosystem about doing better data privacy and improving trust among consumers.
With two years behind, what is the relevance of Privacy Mode to industry practitioners? Tell us how Privacy Mode can make an impact.
Making Privacy and Data Security a Priority
Data breaches are a fairly common, recurring phenomenon. Protecting this data has two facets - Data Security to protect information from unauthorized entities and Privacy to protect the same information entrusted by the end-user from being accessed by internal teams unnecessarily. Data Security is a relatively mature domain as compared to Privacy as there are established norms on how we can protect resources that hold data, such as databases, servers, and so forth. Privacy, on the other hand, is something that gets put on the backburner not because companies do not care about protecting the privacy of their users’ information but because it is a segment that does not have mature practices in place yet which makes it a difficult task. An additional hindrance to privacy is how organizations deal with their data can differ from one organization to another making it even more tedious to come up with practices that can help up the organization’s privacy measures.
Though these problems are difficult to solve, they still need to be solved and to that end, it is essential that discussions happen that bring forth new ways of dealing with data security and privacy. A community like Privacy Mode that focuses on discussing problems related to Data Security and Privacy not only allows security engineers to come up with new innovative solutions but also act as a place for people and companies in different stages of their data security journeys to pick up best practices that they can then readily implement without having to start from scratch. Privacy Mode also helps with spreading awareness about the importance of having these security controls in place along with the traditional ones, making privacy and data security a priority from the beginning instead of an afterthought or a good-to-have thing.