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Posted by Manatosh Das on March 24, 2014
It was recently revealed that the personal details of 10,000 asylum-seekers housed in Australia were accidently leaked via the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s website. This has damaged asylum-seekers’ trust in the Australian government and, according to Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, potentially put lives at risk. Such incidents represent significant breaches of local regulations and can result in heavy penalties.
Recent amendments to existing privacy laws in Australia and Hong Kong allow each country’s privacy commissioner to enforce significant penalties for repeated or serious data breaches. Countries like Japan and Taiwan, where new privacy laws have been passed and/or existing ones are being enforced more strictly, also assess penalties for noncompliance.
You must treat the protection of sensitive customer data as a core responsibility essential to your enterprise’s success. Help earn and retain customer trust by formulating a comprehensive strategy for complying with local privacy regulations that includes the following action items:
Every organization must abide by various compliance requirements to protect individuals’ sensitive data; however, the reason that these laws and regulations exist is because many organizations haven’t taken privacy seriously enough. Today, protecting your customers’ data should be one of your security team’s core responsibilities. Not only do these efforts help build and maintain the crucial element of customer trust, it ultimately helps keep regulators from feeling that more oversight and intervention are warranted. The Forrester Research report, What You Must Know About Data Privacy Regulations In Asia Pacific, highlights key data privacy regulations from across the Asia Pacific region and provides best practices for staying on top of these evolving requirements.
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