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While the data privacy debate centred on businesses and public entities has blown up in recent years, there’s been relatively little discussion around individual privacy obligations.
Considering the wide range of personal data that we upload and share of ourselves, and that of other people which we download, edit, and distribute (sometimes without their knowledge or consent), it’s surprising how little awareness or education there is about good privacy practices.
Granted, online privacy laws such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) do mention that some “individuals” may have certain compliance obligations.
However, this only applies in conjunction with other criteria, such as making a specified amount of money or using data outside of just a purely personal or household capacity.
So, if you were to record a livestream of yourself in a busy shopping centre where other people’s faces and voices are being captured and distributed with all your followers, this is walking a pretty fine line.
Laws aside, most savvy internet users recognise their obligations to respect and protect other people’s privacy online.
For example, if you’re friends with or connected with someone who maintains a private or limited profile on Facebook and share personally-identifiable information about them without their knowledge or consent, that violates not just their privacy but could also risk their personal safety.
In the workplace, respecting your customers’ and colleagues’ privacy is a must, particularly as most employers have their own privacy policies in place.
As the world becomes more connected and digitalised than ever, developing a better awareness of how to protect the privacy of yourself and others around you is a must.
Wherever you choose to spend your time online, here are some best practices to ensure you don’t breach other people’s right to privacy: