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Symantec Celebrates International Data Privacy Day

Privacy: A Business Imperative and Pillar of Corporate Responsibility

By: Gerard Chan, VP Legal Global Privacy Office

In an increasingly digitized world, privacy has become one of the defining issues of our time, with far reaching implications for business and society.

This week, we celebrate International Data Privacy Day (January 28), and since data security is a prerequisite to data privacy, the opportunity to reinforce our commitment to respect and protect people’s privacy, secure people’s personal data, and build a safer future.

Our customers, stakeholders, and millions of people, want to better understand what personal data is being collected about them, how it will be used, and with whom it will be shared. Privacy is a human right, and keeping this personal data confidential also helps prevent human rights violations by protecting vulnerable individuals and communities, such as journalists, activists, human rights defenders, and members of oppressed and marginalized groups.

Privacy also affects our business. While demand for new technology and services is strong, consumers and business customers now request explicit privacy assurances in order to fully trust the products they use. As we’ve seen in the news, when a breach occurs, society’s trust in a company’s ability to protect data is very difficult to rebuild.

At Symantec, we demonstrate our commitment to privacy by engaging policy makers and other stakeholders, by delivering products and services that enable our customers to protect personal information, and through our robust internal compliance program. We played an integral role in shaping data privacy regulation in Europe, and continue to do so globally. We also work to ensure that our products are distributed and managed responsibly, taking a proactive approach to protecting human rights and freedom of expression.

Join us for a Data Privacy Day webinar

Symantec is working to foster privacy excellence both in what we do as a company, and in what we deliver to our customers. We offer technologies to secure confidentiality, integrity and availability of information, and resiliency. Please join us for a webcast tomorrow, January 30th, to learn how to:

  • Articulate what privacy means to your organization and share best practices to achieve and maintain security internally and with third parties.
  • Define security measures to protect individuals’ personal information from unauthorized access and use.
  • Communicate your data use practices to your customers’ and explain how you manage their personal information.

Register here

We hope by celebrating International Data Privacy Day, we are helping to inspire dialogue and empower individuals and companies to take action to keep data safe, protect consumer information, and that ultimately creates a culture of privacy.

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