The time has come for all organisations to recognise the importance of the privacy role and to see it as a standalone function within the operating model.

Cyrus Ndyamba, Bizmod’s privacy consultant, says that although the data privacy and information security disciplines complement one another, they are distinctively different. “However it is the relationship between the two that has resulted in many organisations being unable to distinguish them.”

He likens the two disciplines to a home – privacy is why we have curtains on our windows and security is why we have locks on our doors. “In the past, information security has been the primary focus with some aspects of the privacy function being incorporated into the information security function.”

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