Today we’re launching our Data Privacy Periodic Table – the first ever collection of the key “elements” of the data privacy world, regularly updated as new elements come to light. It is intended to help privacy professionals better understand the industry in which they work, and shed light on its often confusing terminology and how various pieces inter-relate.
We have categorised the elements mimicking the traits of the categories in the original scientific version. For example, the far right of the original periodic table is reserved for the Noble gases – stable, inert and unreactive. This seemed an ideal match for the independent legislative or regulatory bodies. Similarly, the column dedicated to the Alkali metals on the far left, with their characteristic volatility, was a fitting location for the universal rights of the data subject, as if meddled with, both are likely to cause an explosion!
We have created a table on the main Data Privacy Periodic Table page that sets out why we have categorised the elements as we have.
Also, below, we have added some additional explanatory notes to explain our thinking for various elements’ inclusion and position.
We’d welcome any comments, or suggestions for new additions – contact me here for any recommendations or drop a comment below.
We also plan to release new updates of this table on a regular basis as the data privacy world changes. Each time we update the table, we will publish similar blogs, all of which are accessible off the main Periodic Table page.