Organizations continue to struggle with privacy regulations - Help Net Security

Organizations continue to struggle with privacy regulations - Help Net Security

Many organizations’ privacy statements fail to meet common privacy principles outlined in GDPR, CCPA, PIPEDA, including the user’s right to request information, to understand how their data is being shared with third parties and the ability of that information to be deleted upon request, according to the Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance (OTA).



Organizations also have a duty to notify users of their rights in an easily understandable matter. OTA analyzed 29 variables in 1,200 privacy statements against common themes in three major privacy regulations: GDPR, CCPA and PIPEDA.


While the organizations audited were mainly US-based and do not yet have a legal obligation to meet all requirements, these regulations represent general benchmarks for consumer privacy and set the stage for new laws going into effect in 2020, including the CCPA.


Data handling


The majority (98%) of privacy statements had some language about data sharing with two-thirds (67%) stating that they do not share data with third parties. However, less than 1% of organizations had language stating which types of third parties could access user data.
While not yet a requirement in the US, none of the organizations audited had any language regarding users being notified if their information was sold or shared.
A vast number of major cyber incidents include some type of failure on the part of a third party. Many privacy regulations are now requiring that any third parties the organizations work with are held to the same data sharing standards they hold themselves to. Only 57% of organizations currently say they hold third parties to this standard.
Many privacy regulations highlight data retention as an important concept, as man ..