The impact of public privacy on corporate governance: How recent findings in the Common Thread Network can impact corporate directors

This paper by Jason Woywada, CIPP/C, CIPM, explores how shifts in government regulations related to privacy can pose an external threat to organizations as part of their risk assessment. The paper compiles research documenting a gap between public values of privacy and current organizational behavior and provides initial recommendations to address the implications of this gap between public values and organizational behaviors — corporate governance being one. Based on a review of recent mass market surveys from Common Thread Network members, the paper assesses the risk of further regulatory change to organizations.