Privacy is an evolving topic with diverse perspectives on how best to balance the rights and interests of consumers and companies. As allegations of data mishandling fill headlines, privacy is now front and center on everyone’s minds. While data has been the lifeblood of innovation and economic growth, there has also been excessive data collection, lax security, and undisclosed sharing. Public opinion and new laws are starting to curtail some of this bad behavior – creating both compliance challenges and business/brand opportunities.
Respecting privacy is a balancing act between the companies collecting data and the consumers providing it. To earn and preserve (or in some cases regain) trust, companies must be transparent, fair, and accountable.
At Cisco, we have both the legally required, comprehensive privacy statement published at www.cisco.com and Privacy Data Sheets with accompanying infographics providing more detail around the data in play when using specific products and services. These documents offer a plain language, visual representation of who, what, where, when, why, and how we protect privacy throughout the data lifecycle. These public documents are designed to eliminate surprise and give users comfort that their data is safe when using Cisco products and services.
While companies must respect and protect privacy, consumers also have an important role to play. There is no “one size fits all”. When it comes to sharing personal information, there’s a wide range in comfort level. Without being too paranoid, people must recognize the more they publish online, the more fodder is available for bad actors to exploit. Before we post things publicly, we need to think about both the intended use and how that same data may be misused (inadvertently or nefariously).
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