How much time are you spending on the internet? Whatever you’re doing, you are leaving tracks that can be followed. It’s something that we call a Digital Footprint with some being larger than others.
In 1995, the EU introduced a privacy legislation that defined ‘personal data’ as any information that could identify a person, directly or indirectly. Since then the use of digital devices, and the data they allow us all to use, has increased the density of that definition. And now as of 25th May 2018, GDPR – The General Data Protection Regulation – has instigated a legal framework that sets guidelines for the collection and processing of personal information of individuals within the European Union (EU).
Minimising the size of your digital footprint can be achieved easily if you take the time to do some housekeeping.
Check all your privacy settings – Check out the websites you browse the most and see what level of privacy you have set.
Remove old accounts – The internet never forgets. Best way to find old accounts is by simply googling yourself. If you can’t delete them, update them with a false name, email address and blank image. Your information will be indexed which should mean they have been removed from your digital footprint.
Unsubscribe from mailing lists – Unsubscribe from the ones you don’t read will reduce the data available for personal profiling.
So where does CCTV come into this?
CCTV footage is always vulnerable for an online attack which is why it is important to follow guidelines while working and using a network. Because of the GDPR regulations, the use of CCTV must be adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary in relation to the purposes for which it was installed. The location of cameras would be a key consideration and the use of CCTV to monitor areas where individuals would have a reasonable expectation of privacy would be difficult to justify. Due to confidentiality, appropriate technical or organisational security measure must be used to keep CCTV images and recordings secure and protected against unauthorised or unlawful disclosure or access and against accidental or unlawful loss, destruction, alteration or damage. So taking these steps into reducing your own digital footprint, and your companies digital footprint, will greatly reduce your chances of information being tampered with.