How to build a culture of privacy

Last Updated: June 2020

This new series for The Privacy Advisor by the team at Sentinel, a privacy consultancy and the company behind the privacy program management technology Ethos, will examine the rationale and benefits of building a culture of privacy in your organization by highlighting five organizational drivers that, in combination, can result in lasting change. In this first article, we’ll provide a general understanding of the concept of a “culture of privacy,” why it’s important and some tips on how to implement one within your organization.


How to build a ‘culture of privacy’
Authors: Emily Leach, CIPP/E, CIPP/US; Aaron Weller, FIP
Published: February 25, 2020

It has become clear that data privacy is an imperative for any organization that collects or uses personal data — and let’s face it, that’s pretty much every organization. But most companies still aren’t putting the necessary resources into their privacy programs, and as a result they fall short of their responsibilities. We get it. It’s a real challenge; organizations need to weigh privacy concerns against lots of other objectives and priorities. So, what’s the solution? We believe it’s creating a culture of privacy within your organization and using this to drive alignment and better privacy (and business) outcomes.


Building a culture of privacy: Legal compliance as a result, not a goal
Authors: Emily Leach, CIPP/E, CIPP/US; Aaron Weller, FIP
Published: March 24, 2020

In this second article, we’ll provide a look at how a culture of privacy can help you reach your legal compliance goals and some tips on how to implement one within your organization.


Building a culture of privacy: Data processing contracts for the win
Authors: Grant Barrett, CIPP/E, CIPP/US
Published: April 28, 2020

In this third article, we look at privacy through the lens of contractual obligations and show how a culture of privacy will enable organizations to more easily meet those obligations.


Embedding data ethics into your ‘culture of privacy’
Authors: Emily Leach, CIPP/E, CIPP/US; Kevin Donahue
Published: May 27, 2020

In this fourth article, we’ll provide a look at the role data ethics plays in a culture of privacy.


Building a culture of privacy: Be customer-centric
Author: Parinati Sarnot, CIPT
Published: June 23, 2020

In this fifth article, we’ll provide a look at how putting your customers at the center of your privacy decisions can help you reach your organizational goals, plus some ideas on how to do it.