Privacy and Security in Business  

Diego Ruiz Duran is a Mexican criminal and constitutional lawyer who believes passionately in all forms of justice. And like almost all lawyers, He believes passionately in keeping the privacy and security of his clients to the highest ideals.

A single slip in computer privacy can not only lead to a lawyer’s most trusted and confidential secrets becoming available to everyone within shouting distance of Facebook or Twitter but can severely penalize the ability of a client to obtain a fair trial.

Confidential secrets can be used against a client in court and also severely impact the fairness of any potential jury.

Privacy and security in business are actually a double-edged sword. Privacy deals with the security of customer’s data. While security refers to the actual protection against unauthorized access to the data.

Privacy is concerned with ensuring that the sensitive data an organization processes, stores, or transmits is used in compliance with government standards as well as within the consent of an individual.

For example, a political group raising funds for a political candidate or supporting the abolition or the addition of a government policy such as the legalization of marijuana is only too happy to take in the donations, but the same individuals might be applauded if the organization either published a list of donors without their individual approval or sold the list to another political group or fundraiser.

When an individual interacts with a company or a political group, there are certain standards of privacy that need to be met. This is why the majority of websites now require you to agree with their cookie policy to engage in the website. And while privacy is a big concern, so much so that many individuals now browse on the internet using a Virtual Private Network, far more critical is security.

If you make a reservation online at a hotel in say Miami Florida and back that reservation with a credit card, the same individual does not expect his credit information to be accessed on the Dark Web and sold for $8 on the dark web and then get a $3,000 bill the following month on this credit card statement.

Unfortunately, security breaches with big companies are quite common. For example, just in 2020 alone, millions of account data breaches were reported by Microsoft, Este Lauder, MGM Resorts, Facebook, Zoom, Magellan Health, Nintendo, and Twitter.

For some reason, despite the serious awareness of the problem, thousands of accounts are apparently open to many hackers, seemingly unprotected.

Diego Ruiz Duran suggests that nearly the only thing you can do to ensure minimum damage for such breaches is to constantly and vigilantly keep track of your credit card statements and bank statements to keep track of unauthorized purchases.

With even really large companies like Microsoft being hacked, there is little to prevent breaches in the future. As a consequence, personal self vigilance, while self-monitoring seems to be the only solution. Security and privacy will continue to be a major factor as long as larger companies seem unable to provide an ultimate solution.