Governance Clouds are Forming

Recently, I wrote about specific changes in California, Oregon, and other States where tighter rules are being put in place to protect consumer data. This caused me to take a step back and ask the question about Federal awareness and regulatory movement, given the news about hackers and the elections systems.

As a result, I ran across this article in SCRIBD, titled “MRW Social Media Regulation Proposals Developed“.  MRW refers to Senate Intelligence Vice ProposalChairman Mark Warner (D-VA) and the proposal spells out “20 possible ways to “rein in” Big Tech and clean up social media”. In short, this proposal in many ways mimics – and even references – the European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) placing responsibility to secure and protect consumer information on the services providers, adding responsibilities of disclosure of political ads, suitability, and data portability.

In My View

Data security, consumer protection, and access prevention to our systems – especially those in government – are of extreme growing concern and do need to be addressed. While the government sector at all levels are looking into drafting and enacting regulatory statutes focused on this topic, the bottom-line is that any provider of goods and services, whether public or private is responsible to properly manage and dispose of the sensitive, personal information they collect about consumers.

I also see the responsibility of securing the information a a partnership between the platform services providers and the business consumers of those services to formulate policies, practices and measures that adhere to not only regulatory guidelines, but also corporate guidelines as well. There is an assumption by many that if a cloud service is enlisted, all concerns of security lie with that provider. Wrong! The consumer of that service should look and treat it as an extension of their internal information ecosystem and manage it accordingly.

Bob Larrivee is President and Founder of Bob Larrivee Consultancy, and a recognized expert in the application of advanced technologies and process improvement to solve business problems and enhance business operations. In his career, Bob has led many projects and authored hundreds of eBooks, Industry Reports, Blogs, Articles, and Infographics. In addition, he has served as host and guest Subject Matter Expert on a wide variety of Webinars, Podcasts, Virtual Events, and lectured at in-person seminars and conferences around the globe.

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