Privacy trends 2016: can privacy really be protected anymore?

As a concept, privacy, and the need to protect it, has been around for decades. Yet the programs and governance structures in place to turn the concept of privacy protection into reality remain, if not in their infancy, then certainly in their adolescence.

In EY’s Global Information Security Survey (GISS) 2015 privacy questionnaire, 38% of respondents admit that they address security in new business processes and technologies, but not privacy specifically.


However, more telling, and perhaps more concerning for organizations and individuals alike when it comes to managing privacy, is that for nearly half (46%) of survey respondents, their number one or two concern is not having a clear picture of where personal information is stored or processed outside of their main systems and servers. This is exacerbated by the fact that for 40% of respondents, their number one or two concern is that there are simply not enough people to support their privacy program.

In a world where laws and regulations cannot keep pace with digital change, the question many are asking is: can privacy really be protected anymore? As the onus of accountability shifts from regulators to organizations, organizations need to take heed of where they are in terms of their privacy maturity and what they need to do to make privacy protection a part of everything in an organization.

Read EY’s Privacy trends 2016 report here.

EY Legal Services Contacts:

Fabrice Naftalski – Global Data Privacy Leader