253.777.0763    Get SUPPORT

Graemouse Technologies Blog

United States Citizens Demand Data Privacy… How Will It Impact Your Business?

United States Citizens Demand Data Privacy… How Will It Impact Your Business?

With over 90 percent of people in the United States feeling as though their data is out of their hands, it should come as little surprise that many are looking towards the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation as inspiration. However, how close is the United States to passing this kind of legislation… and how will smaller businesses fare if (or when) some is passed?

The GDPR (In a Nutshell)

Under the GDPR - which came into effect on May 25, 2018 - any companies that have collected data on a resident of the European Union are then responsible for protecting that data. Furthermore, the GDPR grants these residents a far higher level of access and control over the data that organizations possess.

How United States Citizens Have Reacted

According to a poll, data privacy has become a bigger priority for 73 percent of respondents, 64 percent stating that they felt the security of their data was worse than it has been in the past. 80 percent want the ability to learn who has purchased their data, while 83 percent want the ability to veto an organization’s ability to sell their data in the first place. 64 percent also stated that they want the ability to have this data deleted.

How the Government Has Reacted

Governing bodies at different levels have had different reactions to these demands. For instance, the state of California has already passed the Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) - a piece of legislation that the House of Representatives' Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee isn’t too fond of, as its position is that there needs to be a singular piece of legislation at the federal level to protect data. As of right now, data privacy is addressed in a combination of state laws and some proposed federal laws.

One of these proposed laws, the Data Care Act, spells out that (in addition to promptly alerting end users to security breaches) a service provider cannot legally share a user’s data without the receiving party also being beholden to the same confidentiality standards. Others include the Information Transparency and Personal Data Control Act, which requires transparency and personal control over data, the Consumer Data Protection Act, which could throw executives in prison for abusing data, and the American Data Dissemination Act, which sets a deadline for the government to enact privacy requirements upon businesses.

However, when the Consumer Protection and Commerce subcommittee met to discuss the prospect of a federal privacy law (which it was agreed was necessary), there weren’t any representatives for the average consumer - the ones whose data is really at stake. This reflects the hearings held last year by the Senate, also without consumer representation. Instead, technology companies were invited to participate during both sessions.

Small Business Concerns

That being said, there is very little support among the committee for any regulations that are at all similar to the GDPR. One reason for this: the fear that small businesses will not find themselves able to afford the added cost of compliance.

For instance, there are a variety of potential burdens that such a measure could potentially impose upon small and medium-sized businesses. These burdens include:

  • All-encompassing overhauls that would result in lost business
  • Business failure due to inadequate budgets to make the demanded changes
  • Impeded growth after regulations are put in place
  • Prerequisites becoming too great to start a business in the first place
  • Costs passed down to SMBs from larger companies for technology services

It is worth noting that if your organization does business with people from the EU, you are responsible to adopt the privacy rules of the GDPR.

What do you think? Are laws like these necessary, especially given the cost they could put on small businesses? Have you had any data privacy concerns in the past? Share your thoughts in the comments.

How to Use YouTube’s Full Capabilities for Your Bu...
ISPs Have Finally Started Rolling Out 5G


No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Saturday, April 20 2019

Captcha Image

Mobile? Grab this Article!

QR-Code dieser Seite

Tag Cloud

Cortana Small Business Title II Computer Care Collaboration Microsoft Wi-Fi Data Protection Website Training Google Search Software as a Service Digital Signage Patch Management Update Business Staff Passwords Safe Mode Devices Wireless IT Plan Mobile Device Phishing Business Intelligence Workplace Tips Printer Managed Service Tech Term Information Efficiency Facebook Machine Learning Internet Employer-Employee Relationship Privacy Vulnerability Help Desk Tools Display Identity Theft Access Control Data Security Windows 7 IT Consultant Best Practices Bring Your Own Device Data Storage BDR Bing Router Settings Cybersecurity Law Enforcement Miscellaneous Warranty IT Support Managed IT Services Google Ransomware Avoiding Downtime Cleaning Data Recovery Criminal Malware Holiday Alert Smartphone Business Continuity Backup Word HIPAA Private Cloud Telephony Advertising Hardware Redundancy Business Management Upgrade Office 365 Infrastructure Bandwidth Flash Augmented Reality HBO Managed IT Services Start Menu Windows 10 Scam Comparison Keyboard User Error Cryptocurrency Gadgets Wiring Voice over Internet Protocol Networking Network Congestion Vendor Cache Sports Spam Blocking Servers Data Breach Database Solid State Drive Cloud Business Computing Computers OneNote Artificial Intelligence Hackers Data Spam Applications Fraud Quick Tips Email Apps Flexibility Google Docs Net Neutrality Network Security Automation Unsupported Software How To Meetings Health Credit Cards Productivity User Tips Microsoft Office Social Media Human Resources Specifications Communications VPN Computer Password Manager Encryption Virtualization IT Management Operating System Google Drive Botnet Money Browser IT Services Remote Monitoring Mobile Devices Save Money Supercomputer Business Technology Mobile Device Management Cybercrime Social Engineering Paperless Office Hosted Solutions Network Data Backup Telephone Systems Security Disaster Recovery Outsourced IT App Government Emails Server Blockchain Content Management Saving Money BYOD Two-factor Authentication Inventory Innovation Technology Software Android Evernote Windows Tip of the Week CES Public Cloud Managed IT HVAC Unified Threat Management Telephone System Work/Life Balance Windows 10 Cloud Computing VoIP Connectivity Smartphones Virtual Assistant Communication Wireless Internet Data loss Internet of Things Chrome Password

Newsletter Sign Up