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Genetec Shares Data Privacy Best Practices

Genetec has shared its data protection best practices to help physical security leaders in Australia and New Zealand protect privacy, safeguard data, and enable trust without compromising security.

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Genetec Shares Data Privacy Best Practices For 2024.

Genetec Shares Data Privacy Best Practices – Genetec has shared its data protection best practices to help physical security leaders in Australia and New Zealand protect privacy, safeguard data, and enable trust without compromising security.

According to Genetec’s country manager ANZ, George Moawad, there are many practises security installers, integrators and end users should have front of mind when thinking about data privacy protection.

“These include collecting and storing only what data you need, limiting access to sensitive data, using randomisation to protect data, using anonymisation technologies, being transparent with users to gain trust, choosing a reliable storage provider and establishing strong data privacy policies,” Moawad explained.

According to Moawad, a fundamental rule of data security is to collect and store only essential information.

“The potential impact of a security breach can be reduced by minimising stored data,” he said. “It’s important to regularly review and audit data and dispose of unnecessary information responsibly.

“Enhancing data security also involves restricting access to sensitive information. Genetec recommends implementing data-sharing best practices, such as removing personally identifiable information to safeguard individual privacy.”

Techniques for anonymising personal information while retaining its utility include:

Randomisation (adding noise to numerical values such as an individual’s age or income)

Pseudonymisation (such as replacing names with unique identifiers), tokenisation (such as replacing credit card numbers with tokens that have no direct correlation to the original numbers)

Generalisation (such as converting exact birthdates to age ranges)  

Data masking (showing only the first few digits of a phone number).

According to Moawad, another key element of data privacy relates to what you store – it’s possible to ensure privacy without compromising evidence.  

“By making use of technologies such as KiwiVision Privacy Protector, organisations can automatically anonymise images of people, so they can continue to survey surveillance footage while respecting privacy,” Moawad explained.

“This technology also offers an additional layer of security that ensures only authorized users can “unlock” and view unmasked footage while maintaining an audit trail.”

Genetec Shares Data Privacy Best Practices

Building trust through transparency and user consent is essential, according to Moawad.

“It’s important to clearly communicate with users about the data collection process, promoting informed decisions,” he said. “Organisations should also gain explicit consent before collecting and processing data.

“Organisations should also select a data storage provider carefully, ensuring a clear understanding of data storage, handling, and sharing practices. If using third-party services, organisations should demand strong security measures and reliable data handling practices. Establish who owns any data stored in the cloud, and any rights/privileges associated with the use or disclosure of any information.”

Establishing strong policies around data privacy is vital to ensure long-term data safety.

“Genetec recommends putting in place robust policies across the organisation.” Moawad explained. “Enforcing a transparent chain of custody through technology, such as a Digital Evidence Management System (DEMS), ensures accountability and traceability at every stage of the data lifecycle.

“Organisations should never have to choose between data privacy and security,” Moawad, said. “That’s why Genetec solutions are built on privacy by design principles so that our customers can ensure the highest levels of security while respecting personal privacy and complying with privacy laws.

“Data security is an ongoing process, and organisations should regularly update protocols, stay informed about emerging threats, and continuously educate their teams on best practices.”

There’s more about Genetec privacy protection initiatives here or you can read more SEN news here.

“Genetec Shares Data Privacy Best Practices For 2024.”

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