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An Introduction to Data Privacy and Data Protection for Developers With Sheila FitzPatrick (S6E14)

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If you want to work in tech or run your own business, chances are high that you’ll be working with data at some point. That means you need to know about data privacy.

Initiatives like Europe’s GDPR have brought issues of data privacy to the forefront. As more companies are collecting and using consumer data, transparency and accountability are important to govern how that information is being stored and used.

Sheila FitzPatrickSheila FitzPatrick’s entire world revolves around compliance with worldwide data privacy laws. Founder and president of FitzPatrick & Associates—a strategic global data privacy and protection compliance consulting firm—she is considered a leading expert in about 160 countries. She works with companies in all industries of all sizes and holds strategic seats on a variety of international councils, committees, and boards of directors. In short, when it comes to data privacy, it’s hard to find someone more knowledgeable and experienced than Sheila.

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In today’s episode, she talks specifically to developers/tech professionals, discussing the things they need to know to make sure that their work follows best practices for data privacy and collection. Listen below!

Key takeaways:

  • In the world today, there's a definite misunderstanding of privacy versus security. People tend to hear the word “data protection” and they automatically think security, but it’s really more about privacy.
  • Basically, privacy means the legal and regulatory requirements that define what personal data you can have, what you can do with it, how long you can maintain it, who can see it, where it can be stored, and whether it can be transferred outside of the country of origination.
  • Personal data is any piece of information that is identifiable to a natural person, or can identify a natural person, either directly or indirectly. That could be your name, social security number, employee ID number, driver's licence number, bank information, etc., but it can also be something as basic as your email address, telephone number, or IP address.
  • Data privacy doesn’t mean you shouldn’t collect any data, just that you need to be very clear about why you’re asking for it and what you’re going to be using it for. Transparency matters!
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