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Privacy and Data Management

Note from the editor

The price of privacy violations is going up. 

As the U.S. awaits a federal comprehensive data privacy law — with no bill in sight — government watchdogs like the Federal Trade Commission are catching up. 

July saw the "largest data breach settlement in history" with Equifax's $650 million fine. And Facebook paid $5 billion for privacy violations in one of the largest civil penalties of any kind in the U.S. 

Companies are adding chief data and privacy officers to their leadership in an effort to insulate from potential privacy violations. In addition to privacy oversight, companies are reassessing where and how they store data. 

This report details the evolution of privacy and data management, including: 

  • How privacy violation fines are calculated

  • Case studies in data management

  • Progression of a U.S. comprehensive data privacy law

  • Reevaluating how data is stored and used

As the U.S. works to mirror the progress of the European Union's General Data Privacy Regulation, businesses can expect to see more critical evaluations of current privacy standards and data authority.

Samantha Ann Schwartz Associate Editor

The not-yet United States of data privacy, 1 year after GDPR

Fewer than 20 states have a data privacy bill in the works, with many breathing their last breaths in committee, dying before making it to the governors' desks.

Playing by the rules: How Adobe centralized its data management

Before the operating standard, departments had different internal systems and processes for managing the data that meant the most to them.

How do regulators calculate GDPR fines? An explainer

Individual fines are determined by multiple factors, but the clearest criteria is the type of infringement: Was it intentional or negligent?

3 examples of CIOs gathering — and using — data

Organizations are challenged to quickly amass data and put it to work, delivering insights for business and creating new revenue streams.

Weighing device interoperability standards requires a data overcollection gut check

What's key for preventing a data flood in the cloud? More data describing data.

Building out data capabilities added to Tetra Pak's market dominance

How can a company make corporate decisions without centralized data management? "You got to be stubborn and patient," said CIO Mark Meyer.

For Graham Holdings, GDPR compliance was a breeze

Every year Graham Holdings has a mandatory data inventory, Halota said. It's "an enormous job but it's really critical to us to know what we have."