‘I have a very strict gun control policy: if there's a gun around, I want to be in control of it,’ said Clint Eastwood. Data sharing online is a minefield as Richard Myers discusses in this guest blog post.

If it’s not fending off hackers, it’s complying with security regulations or checking that the binding corporate rules are in harmony with data protection requirements in all locations of the company’s global offices.

And this is without the explosion of big data as a business reality to be managed and contended with.

The important thing in all of this is to understand that dealing with these challenges is simply the price of doing business online. And to help give you a panoramic view of the online landscape, this blog post will quickly spotlight some articles and resources that delve into the good, the bad, and the downright ugly aspects of data sharing online.

How much data is shared each minute? 

It’s astounding the amount of data being shared around the world every single second. To illustrate this, business intelligence firm Domo created this infographic.

Take control of your personal data

 In the words of EU Justice: ‘Every time you go online you share information about yourself. And the more you do online the more important it is that you and your personal data are protected.’ Watch the above video to see the striking way this is demonstrated.

‘Privacy is dead, and it’s not a big deal’

Taking a contrarian and pragmatic approach is NY Times bestselling author and CEO of Vaynermedia, Gary Vaynerchuk. And despite the apparent conflict of interest, with Vaynermedia being a social media branding agency, his reasons behind is comment are quite unexpected. Watch the short video above to see for yourself.

Data rape and the impending privacy apocalypse

This is a hard-hitting headline that delves into the rather murky realities of data protection online. And with decades of experience as the Director General of Privacy International, Simon Davies - the privacy surgeon - is someone to pay attention to. Read the data rape and the impending privacy apocalypse article

A warning to small and medium enterprises

‘Multinationals and large corporations operating on a global basis will likely be less affected by the impending data protection law since they tend to be already compliant with stringent European data protection standards or are subject to binding corporate rules (BCRs), which permit intra-organisational transfers of personal data or sensitive corporate data... small and medium enterprises, however, may face increased costs in ensuring their business practices and operations are compliant with the new data protection requirements, as well as uncertainty in determining the appropriate security arrangements to be implemented,’ saids Singapore’s Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, following the introduction of new data protection legislation in October 2012.

NHS patient data made publicly available online

‘I can now tell you hospital records data on individuals released by @HSCIC in Sept 2013 was publicly available online. This is staggering.’ That was a tweet by Dr. Ben Goldacre, bestselling author and personality behind the popular site, Bad Science. Read the NHS patient data article

Chinese hackers found US government data on Google servers

Back in 2010 when Google’s servers were hacked, Google stated that the breach was due to Chinese hackers targeting the Gmail accounts of human rights activists. It turns out now that the hackers were actually after sensitive US surveillance data hosted on the Google servers. Read the Chinese hackers article

Target for $3.6 billion credit card data breach?

In 2006, Visa, MasterCard, JCB, Discover and American Express formed the PCI Council to watch over the new PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard ). The goal of this standard was to define how organisations manage cardholder information, and reduce the likelihood of credit card fraud. And to enforce this, the PCI Council is supposed to visit vendors once a year to make sure that all their affairs are in order. Well, as you’ll see from the story about US retailer Target, things didn’t go as well as the PCI Council would have liked. Read the Target article

‘If there’s a gun around, I want to control it.’

We started the article with a quote from Clint Eastwood. And as you’ve seen from the various links, data sharing online is a swirl of controversy and contradiction, similar to the debates surrounding gun control policy in the United States.

So the inevitable question is: what should you do about it?

About the author

Richard Myers is an app developer, tech buff and an overall geek. He has an in-depth knowledge of web development and various internet technologies. He believes that knowledge is a wealth best shared with everyone.