Sometimes an issue floats just beyond the horizon or simmers on the backburner before it boldly flashes forward, not to be ignored or diminished any longer. That’s what’s happened with privacy – percolating for years, the subject of discussion – but with true awareness rising in the U.S. only for the past 12 to 18 months.

The combination of the GDPR in Europe, the new California privacy law and the Cambridge Analytica scandal in which the research firm harvested raw data from millions of Facebook profiles during the 2016 Presidential election has caused businesses and private individuals to think more about creating a privacy culture at their organizations.

Governments have certainly responded: Gartner estimates that by 2022, half of our world’s population will have its personal information covered under local privacy regulations in line with the GDPR, up from one-tenth today.

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