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Many assume that the terms privacy and security are equivalent to one another, and that challenges to security affect privacy in much the same way. This isn't exactly true.
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Security, it seems, is the one truly insoluble challenge not just for mobility, but for IT overall. It is the one area of IT where no one's work is ever truly done. New threats appear constantly, and the fundamental complexity of today's IT systems increases the potential for vulnerabilities that might result in sensitive data being compromised. IT professionals have effective technologies available to address security challenges, including data encryption, authentication and authorization, mobile content management, and analytical tools that can spot problems before they become major issues. Still, eternal vigilance is the price organizations must pay for success in the security domain.
While mobile privacy -- and privacy overall, really -- can be viewed as a branch of security, it is actually quite different in practice. Security is about protecting information and IT resources. Privacy relates much more to the rights of individuals affiliated with the organization in some way -- employees, customers, partners, etc. -- and the information that belongs to them.
Where mobile privacy and security overlap
As might be surmised from all of the data breaches and thefts of personal information recently reported in the press, security fundamentally and perhaps essentially overlaps into the domain of privacy. Because it has historically been so difficult to establish and maintain the security and integrity of IT resources, we have consequently seen damage to privacy as well. And we can expect that the growing outcry for greater individual protections will continue, and this will undoubtedly lead at some point to legislative and other legal solutions.
Gather only information that is absolutely required, and protect this information like any other sensitive material. Cavalier behavior, lack of consideration for the seriousness of this issue, and incompetent solutions must be identified and banished.
Stay in touch with legal counsel. The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States does not guarantee a right to privacy; it is about the relationship between the people and the government, not between individuals and corporations. Some laws to address this relationship are already in place, while others are clearly required and very likely to expand in scope over time. Note that federal, state and even international law may need to be considered in any given case.