Can we still have confidence in data security when it comes to Big Data?

Businesses are confronted with numerous problems. Especially, regarding the security of the data which they collect in huge databases (or data lakes). And compliance with current legislation is no small task. On the other side of information systems, citizens and consumers are more demanding. They demand total transparency regarding companies’ use of their personal data.

Where and how is it stored? What’s the guarantee that it won’t be exploited or simply stolen? Big Data offers little to no reassurance regarding these questions to a population that doesn’t understand all the issues or technological innovations. But isn’t the same thing true for most companies?

To provide them with answers and advice in real time is areal issue. Th’at’s why a firm of lawyers specializing in digital law was launched last summer: Data Legal Drive. This new concept acts as a sort of digital platform. It promises its users the ability to optimize the governance of data.

 

Compliance for the GDPR

This is the platform’s main objective. As Sylvain Staub, lawyer and president/founder of Data Legal Drive explains, “With Data Legal Drive, we allow our clients to begin their GDPR compliance process in less than three hours without disturbing their employees.”

You’ll recall that the challenge is enormous, since the fines can be as high as €20 million or 4% of worldwide revenue. We’re also interested to see what the outcome of the legal proceedings launched by the CNIL against Google will be. A decision on January 21, 2019 imposed a 50 million euro fine on the American web giant. And it’s only the first of a long list of offenders under investigation.

But the fight promises to be intense. Since the challenge is trust, and without it, Big Data and its algorithms will be unable to grow. As Sylvain Staub recalls, “In a world of data exchange, where users themselves are the principal suppliers of data across browsers, social networks and all types of platforms, it’s essential to fight for the return of trust.”

 

What are the principal inputs for such a solution?

The governance platform should allow for companies of all sizes to deal with this important subject. As such, the platform allows for the mapping of the company’s processes as a first step. Then, Data Legal Drive manages the centralization of legal and technical documents and becomes a type of compliance repository for the company. “The digitization and automation of this process are indispensable, given that data flows are increasing exponentially,” concludes Sylvain Staub.

So even though the complexity of problems with securing stored data makes companies nervous, such a solution seems to inspire confidence. “Data Legal Drive allows us to conduct our GDPR compliance quickly and efficiently, as the SaaS platform is collaborative and intuitive,” attests a client from an international construction group with fourteen subsidiaries worldwide.

 

This trust is essential for the deployment of Big Data, Smart City projects and AI in general. Without a high level of security, citizens won’t agree to continue supplying their personal data, the real oil of this digital century.

 

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