Experts predict that data privacy will take the center stage in 2019 and that organizations will have to fully embrace it. Google and other cloud providers are already jumping into the privacy wave by offering de-identification tools for healthcare data.
Data privacy became a major topic in 2018. On one hand, GDPR came into effect in Europe affecting organizations from all over the world. On the other hand, massive cases of data breaches and data misuse where reported leading to customer concerns and legislators proposing new privacy laws.
2019 is expected to be a year in which organizations shift from considering privacy as a nice-to-have to a must-have. This shift will come in part from legislation but also from consumers demanding stronger data protection. Kristina Bergman, CEO of Integris Software Inc., predicts that in 2019 :
- we will see the rise of the Chief Information Security Officer;
- privacy and security will be seen as a continuum;
- a growing conflict between privacy vs. the Data Industrial Complex;
- the growth of data privacy automation.
In Canada, Howard Solomon interviewed four privacy and security experts, and these are their predictions:
- David Senf, founder and chief analyst at the Toronto cyber consultancy Cyverity, predicts an increase in the demand of cybersecurity experts to protect against data breaches.
- Ann Cavoukian, Expert-in-Residence at Ryerson University’s Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence, predicts that 2019 will be a “privacy eye-opener” with a growth of decentralization and SmartData.
- Imran Ahmad, a partner at the law firm of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, advises that HR should become more involved in preventing data misuse.
- Ahmed Etman, managing director for security at Accenture Canada, warns that organizations have to be careful of cyberattacks against their supply chain.
Meanwhile, some organizations are jumping into the privacy wave by launching products to help their customers make better use of their data while protecting privacy:
- Comcast is testing Blockgraph, a blockchain solution that would allow advertisers and media companies to perform matches with one another using secure encryption technology, non-identifiable data, and blockchain, removing the need of “trusted third parties.”
- Google and other cloud providers have agreed on sharing unidentified healthcare information that is stored in their clouds. This was disclosed by Dr. Toby Cosgrove, former CEO of the Cleveland Clinic and an executive advisor to Google’s Cloud Healthcare and Life Sciences. By adding a de-identification capability to its API, Google helps hospitals and other health care providers open their data up for analysis.
One thing we can be sure in 2019 is that data privacy and security will continue to make headlines.