Stronger cybersecurity urged to protect personal data

Individuals will have to surrender more personal data as an offshoot of the coronavirus pandemic in the coming year and companies and governments will have to redouble their efforts to protect that information, according to a global cybersecurity firm.

Palo Alto Networks said efforts to improve contact tracing — necessary to rein in the spread of COVID-19 — will take on greater importance in 2021 as the private and public sectors strive to reopen economies and national borders.

The company said, “Despite the data privacy conversation circulating for several years – with wariness around the use of data by some big tech companies and general data protection regulation compliance continuing to be a challenge for companies – it is contact tracing that has really made individuals sit up and take notice of data privacy.”

Private firms and governments will have to invest more to protect the integrity of the personal data they collect.

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