Repercussions from Putting Privacy on Pause
McDonald Hopkins' Dominic Paluzzi, Co-Chair of the firm's national Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice Group, will be speaking on the "Repercussions from Putting Privacy on Pause" as part of the annual PLUS Cyber Symposium.
The abrupt move to remote work and online living in 2020 put privacy concerns on hold. Businesses scrambled to avoid disruption through online connectivity, and people relied on technology to find normalcy in almost all facets of life, including social interaction, education, healthcare, entertainment, and shopping. In short, the need for businesses to continue to work in this new environment outweighed the need for security and, as a result, put privacy at risk. This global shift forced businesses to rely upon technology that was not secure or had individuals trust in apps that collected and used data to carry out the “new” aspects of daily life. Sadly, this behavior has subjected individuals to alarming privacy and data exposure risks, while cybercriminals have found easier ways to monetize their crimes. While the story of 2020 is well known, there is no doubt privacy will once again be a major issue in 2021. This should cause concern for companies as many will pay the cost. Let’s take a closer look at what happened in 2020 and regulatory actions to watch in 2021.