5 Differences Between Data Security and Data Privacy

5 Differences Between Data Security and Data Privacy

Jan 31, 2021 / Kron

The concepts of privacy and security can often be confused with each other in the digital world, especially when it comes to data privacy and data security, it can be often thought that the two are the same. However, even if these two concepts have various connections with each other, they should be evaluated under separate headings for a healthy functioning. Thus, it can be understood more clearly what should be considered while ensuring data privacy and which methods should be used for data security.

While Industry 4.0 continues to take up much more space in both corporate and individual life, it also makes it a must to keep up with the digital age. On the other hand, as in the industrial revolution, the information age has its own shortcomings. Data privacy and data security are at the top of these conditions. You can also have detailed information about data privacy and security by learning the 5 fundamental differences below, which can cause companies and individuals to lose their reputation and cause a lot of financial and moral damage if you are not careful.


1. Data Privacy is Effective in Theory, Data Security is Effective in Practice

Data privacy can be defined as a set of rules that you predetermine how your corporate or personal information should be used. All companies need a framework for how data can be used. For this reason, data privacy has a feature that binds both you and the other parties. Considering that all these processes progress through agreements and acceptances, you can consider data privacy as a theoretical step.

Data security, on the other hand, covers the parts of your existing data that are outside of the data privacy agreement. For instance, the confidentiality agreement can guarantee that your information will not be shared with different organizations, but it may not make any commitment to protect your information from possible cyberattacks. Therefore, in order to ensure data security, it is necessary to benefit from software or hardware solutions that are constantly changing, developing and renewed. This turns data security into a dynamic concept.


2. Data Privacy Agreements are Built on Data Security Practices

To elaborate on the previous bullet, data privacy can only be achieved through agreements on paper or digital media. For instance, when users visit a website, they may need to accept cookies or read and approve a form for the processing of personal data. These are all called data privacy agreements. Agreements alone are not enough to ensure data security; you need to get support from cyber security solutions like identity or access management products, antivirus programs, and similar applications.


3.   There are Limits to Data Privacy, Data Security has No Limits

Details such as what kind of information is needed in data privacy agreements, for what purpose and where this information will be used are listed in these bullets and clearly expressed. So when the user approves a data privacy agreement, they know where the limits on their personal information begin and end. However, data security is constantly being renewed, as it may vary according to cyber threats or cyberattacks. As there is no limit to malicious people and software, there is also no limit for cyber security solutions too.


4. Data Privacy is Predictable, Data Security is Open to Possibilities

In connection with the previous topic, you can anticipate many things because you know what the data privacy agreement articles cover and what might happen when they are out of scope. In data security, while there are dozens of external threats from fileless malware to DDoS, viruses to Trojans, incomplete internal access security applications can also create internal threats. Therefore, it can be difficult to predict when and by what methods personal data may be hacked. This requires companies that are responsible for protecting your data to be always vigilant, to consider new protection methods against emerging threats while detecting and eliminating existing risks.


5. Data Privacy is Constant, Data Security is Continuously Improving

Considering all these topics, data privacy is a fixed contract due to its previously known details, which are directly related to the law. There may only be a decrease, change or increase in the relevant agreements over time, but it is also obligatory to inform the parties of the agreement and obtain their approval again. As data security progresses through software or hardware applications, it is always developed and gains new features with new technologies.

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