A new year usually means setting a goal to remodel that extra bedroom, cut out caffeine or finally hit the gym. This year, have an even greater goal in mind: the improvement of your privacy program. Here are some great ways to start you on your way to achieving just that.
Expand Your Knowledge
One of the best ways to improve your privacy program is to learn from other privacy professionals. Look for local events such as knowledge nets or other networking activities, find a webinar on certain privacy topics or obtain a certification in a field of privacy if you haven’t already. All of these options will help you learn how to further improve your privacy program and implement policies you are developing. Furthermore, you will meet other privacy professionals, allowing you to leverage their knowledge later on.
Assess Your Current Situation
The best way to get ready for a new year and all the new laws and regulations that come with it is to understand where you are now. A privacy assessment allows you to know what the current policies are and how they are being followed or enforced. You will also find gaps and concerns that require focus. Once you understand where you are, it is much easier to decide where you are going and how to get there.
Don’t Go At It Alone
The most important lesson I have learned from being a privacy professional is that you cannot be an island. Privacy offices require buy-in from all parts of a business, executives included. Make sure to work with others in your business, understanding how privacy policies impact them and work to ensure that their practices grow with your policies. Privacy is a part of doing business and should not be treated as an obstacle. If you are developing a new policy, such as a bring your own device policy, see how that would affect the sales office. Consult with the vice president or other sales managers to know what devices are being used and how. When you go back to writing the policy, make sure it covers the areas you know affect your company.
About the Author
Ben Siegel is the privacy marketing specialist with Privacy Ref. He has extensive experience in the training industry and researching international privacy law on a variety of topics. He has earned the certified information privacy manager (CIPM) designation.
This post originally appeared on the Privacy Ref blog on Jan. 17.