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Posted on Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 by

Protecting Your Online Privacy


There are different ways of approaching digital security from a legislative point of view. Indeed, cybersecurity legal frameworks are usually composed of:


  • System protection

System protection includes provisions that aim at protecting Information Technology (IT) infrastructure. Relevant examples of this are the directives and recommendations directed at the 16 critical infrastructures designated as such by the Obama administration in the Executive Order 13636. As for proprietary information protection, it is often covered by intellectual property regimes and contractual agreements.


  • Data protection

Data protection is widely addressed through the right to privacy, which entails significant restrictions on how personal information has to be stored by organizations.

Some industries are governed by general laws, such as PIPEDA, whereas highly regulated industries such as the financial and healthcare sectors have specific regulations.

For instance, American federal securities laws, and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) rules require that business-related electronic records be kept in “write once, read many” (“WORM”) format, which prevents alteration or destruction. On December 21, 2016, FINRA sanctioned 12 firms based on this requirement, for a total fine of $14.4 million.


  • Proprietary information protection regulations

In this context, it is critical for executives and security professionals alike to understand their obligations in terms of information security under privacy regimes. We gathered a few resources to stay up to date on privacy and cybersecurity:


Privacy and Cybersecurity Resources to Bookmark





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Vanessa Henri
About author:
Vanessa is an academic and legal expert on data protection laws, as well as a certified data protection officer. Currently, Vanessa is Hitachi Systems Security’s Director of Legal and Compliance as well as Data Protection Officer. She oversees the performance of privacy advisory services by Hitachi Systems Security to its clientele, including services such as GDPR Posture Assessments. She advises boards of directors at the macro-strategic level on the implementation of privacy obligations through efficient reporting systems. She has published a variety of data privacy-related materials and has contributed as a speaker to various conferences about data protection laws, such as Code Blue, in Tokyo. Vanessa is a member of the Quebec Bar Association, and holds a master’s in laws from McGill University. She also teaches corporate cybersecurity practices at St Thomas University, in Miami, Florida. She is a certified Data Protection Officer.

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