As technology develops at a lighting pace, it is important that individuals and businesses ensure that they are keeping abreast not only of the technological leaps, but also the resulting legal implications. In recent years, some of the worlds biggest tech companies have paid significant fines for either, intentionally or unintentionally, breaching the privacy of consumers.
Law and technology experts have also been forced into redefining technology law, as new wearable technology, such as Google Glass, is revealed to the public. As soon as the public was made aware of the abilities of this wearable technology, industry experts recognised the possible privacy legal implications that could be affiliated with the technology and are busy exploring the potential damages that could occur by misusing the technology.
Websites are terrific at disseminating information, but they are also an excellent means of collecting information of users. From simple cookies, which collects the basic data of the user and the hardware that they are using, to online forms and surveys which gather other personal detail, there are terabytes of data every minute from internet consumers. But with major implications for privacy breaches, it is important that businesses ensure that they are adequately protected from potential legal issues.
As breaches of security are becoming more common it is more important than ever that website owners analyse their website, the data that is collects, and the possible implications of a privacy breach.