The internet has definitely become pervasive and a very important part of our lives. Questions of privacy come up a lot! When I started working in Software my concern was how to build better software and slowly it started becoming about how to protect the data we receive. I started as an software engineer, moved into InfoSec, and eventually added Privacy knowledge to my role. While I wouldn't say this is the journey for everyone, it does seem to be a journey many people are going through because they are interested in building safer and efficient applications. Thankfully, where there might not as much interest in this path, regulations are popping up and getting more robust when it comes to security and privacy matters. We are learning more everyday about what privacy means as well as how to protect end-user data. Some examples are GDPR (which Oluseyi already mentioned) and the California Consumer Privacy Act. These get us closer to a place where Privacy matters will no longer be optional or "nice to have" but a requirement if you want to have an online business that uses identifiable customer data.
Some places to read about CCPA: https://www.caprivacy.org/
Joan recommends the following next steps:
- Read about Privacy and InfoSec a bit more to learn where they overlap and where they might not
- Most websites and applications have a privacy notice which should go into detail around which data of yours they use and how. They might often be tough reads but it pays to skim through it for any red flags such as "we will share your data with third parties for marketing/advertising purposes" or "we own your data and can do anything with it."
- Maybe consider a career in InfoSec or Privacy if you're passionate enough about this issues to be asking these questions!