Welcome to the seventh instalment of Calligo’s 12 Days of Christmas – a series of blogs that each highlight an important issue, a lesson to learn or a key resource that will help your business maximise the value of its data.
Today, we’re focusing on the 7 principles of Privacy by Design
What is it?
Privacy by Design is based on seven principles that help businesses be proactive when it comes to data privacy and build privacy into the very heart of their projects, processes and core activities. The concept was created and defined by Dr Ann Cavoukian, Ph.D, an Executive Director of the Global Privacy & Security by Design Centre and previously the Information and Privacy Commissioner, Ontario, Canada. Work began in 1995 but it was formally launched and accepted in 2010.
Why is it important?
Privacy by Design is one of the key principles of data optimization – the art and science of making the most of your business’ data without compromising your legal obligations or data ethics.
It’s not just a framework to aspire to; privacy laws, such as GDPR explicitly mandate that organizations need to consider Privacy by Design at the earliest stages possible of any project, and throughout the entire lifecycle. This is key to ensuring ongoing adherence to the regulation – and many more as the structure of GDPR is emulated in more and more territories’ own privacy legislation.
When is it relevant?
Fundamentally, if any activity is dependent upon or even tangentially connected to, the use of personal data (so, most activities then), Privacy by Design is essential to ensure that you are continuously treating your data subjects legally, appropriately and frankly, ethically.
The seven principles of Privacy by Design enable organizations to design better products and ensure that they are privacy compliant from the very start.
If your business is facing a new IT project, our team of Privacy Architects can help. With equal expertise in cloud technology and data privacy legislation, they’ll ensure IT project’s ambition does not overtake your Privacy by Design obligations. Find out more by clicking below.