New Global Threat: Who Will Survive
In the context of the total digitalization of the information society, the protection of personal data has to be improved. Today, liability for violation of localization requirements is being tightened and multimillion-dollar fines are being introduced, close attention is paid to the transfer of personal data abroad, and company checks are becoming more thorough.
How can one learn to keep secrets?
It might seem that digital security is primarily about keeping secrets. But experts in this field argue that the safest tools are created in an open and transparent environment. Those who care about their digital security usually use (and recommend to others) free open-source software. In other words, the code on which the program is written is publicly available. Anyone can study, modify and distribute it. By providing transparency, developers enable other users to help make the software better.
Open source helps improve security but does not guarantee it. The advantage of open-source software comes from technicians who directly test the code. It is difficult to organize for small projects, and sometimes for popular but quite complex ones.
There's a new sheriff in town
GDPR is a long-overdue set of modern methods of ensuring and maintaining privacy in business and especially on the Internet, which is extremely important in the new conditions of the development of the global economy. It is designed to teach us to treat user data with the same care and respect that we treat our own.
The GDPR sets out seven key principles regarding personal information:
- Legality, fairness, and transparency of data processing;
- Limiting the purpose of collecting and using data;
- Data minimization (collecting only the necessary data);
- Accuracy (inaccurate data must be removed or corrected);
- Storage limitation (data storage period);
- Honesty and confidentiality (protection from unauthorized or illegal processing, destruction or damage of data);
- Accountability (duty to comply with GDPR and ability to demonstrate compliance with regulation).
These principles underlie any approach to the processing of personal data in Europe, moreover, they have an extraterritorial principle.
Please note that digital data needs to be protected not only digitally, so you should think about reliable storage media, as well as the direct protection of such media. A backpack with USB port from ALL4Way is ideal. Penalties for non-compliance with the rules are substantial: up to 20 million euros or 4% of the total turnover for a violation.
In addition, GDPR provides users with the ability to compensate for any material and/or non-material violation of the GDPR. RFID bag also allows you to protect personal information, as this bag has a system of protection against scanning devices.
Attackers are constantly learning new ways to hack. Therefore, software and hardware must be updated frequently to eliminate vulnerabilities. If the developers are unwilling to do this, consider whether they are afraid of bad reviews or do not have the resources to fix bugs.
You cannot predict the future, but you can judge developers by their past actions. If the site contains previous versions of the program, links to regular updates, and additional information (for example, how much time has passed since the last update), this gives more confidence that in the future developers will not leave their users to their fate. Much like the GDPR, the anti-theft laptop backpack helps to resist thieves who can steal personal property.