In the digital age we live in, data is an essential part of marketing. User data allows businesses to create personalized strategies and understand consumer behavior, streamlining their overall marketing strategies.
However, there is a huge focus on data privacy – and there are laws around the world that protect users’ personal information. If you’re a marketer, you need to be aware of these regulations to ensure compliance and maintain consumer trust.
In this blog post, we’ll be exploring the key data privacy laws that you should be aware of. Read on to learn about the GDPR, CCPA, and PIPEDA, as well as some key considerations for marketers.
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), implemented by the European Union (EU), has completely transformed the data privacy landscape around the world. Although it is a European privacy law, it impacts businesses around the world – for example, an American business has to consider GDPR if it has customers in the EU.
GDPR places an emphasis on individuals’ consent and control over their personal data. If you’re a marketer targeting citizens in the EU, it’s imperative that you’re compliant with GDPR.
Under the GDPR, you must obtain clear consent from users before collecting or processing their personal data. You must also provide clear information about how their data will be used, and make it easy for users to decide what will happen to their data.
California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA)
It’s not just the EU that has data protection laws. In the United States, effective privacy regulations have been established through the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA).
These acts provide protection for individuals’ privacy rights, and grant residents of California more control over their personal data. It also imposes obligations on organizations that collect or sell this data.
The CCPA ensures businesses inform consumers about what data they are collecting, why they ate collecting the data, as well as the categories of third parties they’re sharing the data with.
According to the CCPA, users can opt out of their personal data being sold. The CPRA further touches on consumer rights and introduces even stricter rules for businesses to obey.
Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA)
The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Document Act (PIPEDA) is a Canadian data privacy law that governs how businesses use, collect and disclose personal data. It applies to organizations that conduct commercial activities across Canada.
If you’re a marketer that conducts business activity in Canada, you must obtain clear consent, disclose the reason you’re collecting data, and provide users with access to the data you collect. PIPEDA also requires businesses to implement safeguards on data security and have a clear process for addressing data breaches.
Key considerations for marketers
As a marketer, there’s much to consider outside of your marketing strategy – compliance being a key point to consider. Compliance goes far beyond legal obligations – it’s essential for maintaining customer trust and loyalty.
First of all, consider transparency, especially in regard to consent. Be sure to obtain explicit consent from users, and clearly communicate the reason you’re collecting their data. Another way to increase transparency is to provide easy-to-understand privacy policies.
You should only collect and retain the necessary data required for marketing purposes, which can minimize the risk of data breaches. It’s important that you have security measures in place that protect personal data – for example, access controls, audits and encryption.
When dealing with third parties, ensure that anybody handling personal data complies with the relevant data protection/ data privacy laws and that they also have the correct data protection processes in place.
Likewise, ensure that you have established processes that address user rights. This includes the right to access, correct, delete and restrict how you process their personal data.
Finally, consider cross-border data transfers. This involves learning the rules regarding transferring data across borders (e.g the EU-US Privacy Shield).