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Siobhan Solberg

024: I say Privacy, You say Data Protection

Notes will be random as randomly doing what I want is what is defining my summer this year

I talk to marketers a lot. Mostly the cool type. The ones you aspire to be like.

Those that care. Those that do right by their customers and users.

So it makes sense that they want to talk about privacy.

To talk about Data Protections.

About Compliance.

It also makes sense that they want to talk about ethics.

AND why not just lump them all together: one big happy package of doing good by your customer.

But it’s not the same.

Privacy: a state in which one is not observed or disturbed by other people

Data Protection: a strategy set to secure privacy, availability, & integrity of data

Ethics: moral principles that govern a person's behavior or the conducting of an activity.

Compliance: he action or fact of complying with a wish or command.

They are different. Very much so. And they have different applications.

Now I understand that Privacy and Data Protection get used interchangeably - a lot. And that is ok.

But it's crucial you understand what the difference is, especially if you talk to people from other countries who use words differently.

Some Data Protection some say Privacy. Some say Data Privacy some say Compliance.

But back to the point.

Be aware of what word you use. Know what you mean. Explain it.

I have been is too many situations where we talk past each other.

Questions go unanswered or feel like they are being avoided.


Because I think of Compliance as - "in compliance with" and not it's own thing.

I use Privacy to mean Data Privacy and Data Protection.

I think what is ethical is hard to define and use Ethics to generally mean being morally good.

But others don't.

Want to hear some of the confusions that can happen as well as some insightful conversations on Privacy and Ethics go check out the conversation we had with the TLC community here.

Currently Reading:

Your Privacy is Important to U$! by Jan Trazkowski


Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

Best Short Read:

Joe Jones LinkedIn post breaking down his takeaways on US-EU adequacy.

Best Privacy Read:

An in-depth analysis of Social Media privacy notices.

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