Section Summary: Technology and Privacy

  • Privacy and technology are closely related with impact on each other an ongoing research subject for decades
  • Fourth Era of Information Privacy Compliance Laws, for example, POPIA
  • By the end of 2020, 44 zettabytes make up entire digital universe
  • Moore’s Law: increase in power and decrease in relative cost at an exponential pace – doubling occurring every two years
  • Reflect on how many photos and videos on your mobile device alone.
  • “The world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data.
  • Access to big data to form business insights, driving sales and growth
  • Annual increases of high-profile data breaches, occurring more and more frequently.  Cause: poor controls or negligence.
  • Experian data breach: exposed 23.4 million South Africans and 800,000 businesses personal credentials.
  • Users, consumers and citizens parted with their personal information without really knowing what they were signing up for.
  • Legislators globally recognised the basic right to privacy.
  • A global movement towards data protection bills limit the power and use of data
  • Codified in law legal remedies for negligent data leakages, data mining and discriminatory data analytic practices
  • South Africa’s democratic Constitution and the Bill of Rights vocalises protection of the right to privacy of individuals
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