Privacy laws are 50 years old this year! – which makes this Global Data Privacy Day – or Global Data Protection Day – even more special.
In celebration, TrustArc is launching the Serious Privacy Podcast, because the world needs serious privacy help. The podcast, hosted by Paul Breitbarth and K Royal, will look at the topics privacy professionals are most concerned with and seek to help them maximize their time by delivering key content in different ways. As Paul and K discuss in the pilot episode, the podcast will deliver TrustArc webinars via podcast, seek to capture conference sessions, and host unscripted discussions with privacy professionals on relevant, interesting, controversial, inspiring, or exciting topics.
In this pilot, Paul and K touch on two topics – privacy turning 50 years old and insight into how they got into privacy as a profession and what keeps them here.
It seems surprising that both Europe and the United States passed their first privacy laws. The EU saw its first data protection law ever with the German federal state of Hessen, albeit at regional level. Three years later, Sweden followed with their national Data Act, the first national data protection law. On the US side, the Fair Credit Reporting Act was passed in 1970 addressing a concern of “fairness, impartiality, and a respect for the consumer’s right to privacy” and the US Privacy Act followed in 1974.
Since then, the world has joined in with hundreds of privacy laws being passed and taking some different approaches in enforcement. But the one thing that remains clear…. it is critical that individuals have rights when it comes to their personal information and that businesses take responsibility to protect the data entrusted to them.
The huge jumps in technology and digital data and the increasing number of laws is what drove many privacy professionals to enter the field, by design or happenstance. In the first episode, Hilary Wandall, SVP, Privacy Intelligence and General Counsel joins us to share how she entered privacy along with the career journeys of Paul and K. As you can imagine, the paths share as many similarities as they do differences.
The podcast reflects what the privacy profession needs, real information, readily available, with convenient timing, and honest discussion of the real topics that matter in privacy and management of privacy programs. Really serious privacy.