In data storage terminology, the phrase “data compliance” generally refers to the practice of ensuring that data is managed and organized in a manner that meets industry-wide regulations and rules set by the relevant jurisdictions or government.
While the definition seems simplistic, the reality of actual compliance can be difficult because of the amount of misinformation and lack of legal guidance available. Business and brand owners may fail to properly comply with data regulations due to lack of awareness.
Data Protection Laws
Compliance has increasingly become a major concern for businesses, website operators, and organizations. There are more than 8,500 state and federal regulations that address records management in the United States. Add technology and digital information, and it can be difficult to decipher what standards and compliance may be required when a company begins to offer online goods or services. Moreover, because countries and jurisdictions may have contrasting standards for data compliance, it can be confusing for businesses and website operators to recognize which standards they must meet.
Cloud Data Compliance
So where should companies start? Companies benefit from audits of their business procedures, intellectual property (IP) assets, security measures, and data system processes. Based on our experience with intellectual property (IP) laws and compliance, we can develop sound procedures to address data compliance requirements. Likewise, we can draft legal agreements that will assist with dissemination or collection of personal information (personally identifiable information).
Data privacy and data protection are real concerns today as more and more records come online. The proliferation of smart devices coupled with cloud computing and the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) have made company databases more vulnerable than ever. We can develop legal practices that can limit liability should a breach of servers or hacking occur.
As a technology and data law firm, our technology and data attorneys can assist with advising on data compliance legal issues. See our Technology & Data service line page for additional information about data compliance legal services.