January 25, 2019

In 1890, Samuel Warren and Louis Brandeis published "The Right to Privacy" in Harvard Law Review, which describes that right primarily as a "right to be let alone". More recently, privacy was defined in 1997 by the United Kingdom's Calcutt Committee as "The right of the individual to be protected against intrusion into his personal life or affairs, or those of his family, by direct physical means or by publication of information." 


Defining Data Protection

In the context of privacy, data protection is specifically focused on personal data. According to the European Commission, "personal data is any information relating to an individual, whether it relates to his or her private, professional or public life. It can be anything from a name, a home address, a photo, an email address, bank details, posts on social networking websites, medical information, or a computer's IP address." In the context of information security, data protection is specifically focused on ensuring the integrity, confidentiality, and availability of information.


Putting it together

Privacy is an important aspect of our lives, both on and offline. When it comes to the expansion of the Internet and all the things we can do, see, purchase and experience online, privacy has become an even greater concern for both consumers and business owners. While there are many privacy laws across geographies and sectors, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which was created by the European Union (EU), has emerged as the farthest reaching and most prominent for privacy and data protection. Article 5 of the GDPR provides guiding principles which state that the processing of personal data must be:

  • Lawful, fair and transparent
  • Collected for specified, explicit and legitimate purposes
  • Limited to the attributes required for the purpose it is collected
  • Accurate
  • Retained no longer than necessary
  • Protected to ensure Integrity, Confidentiality, and Availability


Why WorldAware

WorldAware is legally and contractually obligated to satisfy the personal data protection requirements of its employees and customers within their respective jurisdictions. More importantly, the people, customers, and stakeholders of WorldAware entrust us to protect their shared personal data. Maintaining trust is paramount to all other reasons for maintaining a comprehensive set of privacy and data protection controls.


How WorldAware Ensures Data Privacy

WorldAware meets and exceeds requirements established by applicable privacy regulations, including GDPR. This commitment is backed by on-staff privacy professionals, independent Data Protection Officers, organizational memberships and certifications such as those listed below.


You can learn more about how the GDPR guiding principles for privacy and data protection are applied to the personal data we collect and process reading the WorldAware Privacy Policy online at


About WorldAware

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