Why Your Mobility Program Needs a PII Protection Policy


Mobile Security

… trust products from an organization that has to force-fit privacy only after being shot down by the global guardians of privacy and security?

While applications in the marketplace are rated for content and the experience they provide to their users (fit for purpose or utility parameters), an explicit rating or indicator on its security and privacy posture (fit for use or warranty parameters) should also be provided. This would assist in either sunsetting a lesser secure app or ensuring that the next version releases with augmented and ameliorated security and privacy controls.

Considering the societal importance of privacy, the day is not far when privacy and information rights will be formally introduced to the education system, probably as a subject in secondary schools. It is important for the next generation to know how to manage their reputation, build trust, create appropriate social and cyber boundaries, and respect others’ privacy.

Not only would these nascent adopters of social media and smartphones be able to apply what they learn to set the default privacy and security controls of their mobile devices and platforms like WhatsApp to an optimum level, but they can also help family members and others do the same. Privacy can then be imbibed holistically into the fabric of our society and into the mindset of future generations.

Until that happens, however, partners should incorporate awareness around PII collection when selling customers with lucrative unified endpoint management programs, and don’t neglect your own apps or marketing campaigns. When data is secure, everyone wins.

Bhaskar Maheshwari is responsible for the GRC practice at Happiest Minds and carries a rich professional experience of 10 years in the fields of audit, cybersecurity, GRC and BCM. He has played an instrumental role in augmenting GRC posture of clients across the globe while working for HCL, KPMG, Cognizant and MetricStream. Bhaskar has been awarded first class BE and MBA degrees. He is a CISA, MBCI, ITIL, BS25999LA, CPISI, COBIT F, PMP and TOGAF 9 certified professional.

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