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Volume: 4 Issue: 8
(August 2018)

editorial professionalising security through ethics-based approach while i steering practice pwc through gdpr-readiness process often involved working relatively mundane data


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Editorial: Professionalising security through an ethics-based approach

While I was steering my practice at PwC through the GDPR-readiness process, which often involved working on relatively mundane data protection and security issues of the kind that I thought I had escaped from a decade or so ago (data landscapes, policies, operating models and the like), I kept my ‘intellectual curiosity’ up with a personal side project to improve my understanding of the potential role that codes of ethics have to play in the creation of sound digital outcomes in society. Going into the summer break with that frame of mind, I was really struck by how common the focus of ethics was in my chosen holiday reading list1. A golden thread within these books and the others, both express and implied, is the criticality of an ethics-based approach within the development of responses to some of the most pressing challenges of the digital age, including the ‘democracy deficit’ associated with the use of advanced data analytics in political processes; surveillance and profiling for commercial benefits; the advance of the ‘Big Brother’ state; and, of course, the continuing scourge of cyber crime.

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