Today's columnist, Sam Curry of Cybereason, says we have grown desensitized by the flurry of breaches and the reality that most of us have had our identities stolen. Curry asks that we take privacy more seriously and think about the world we are leaving our children. ThomasKohler CreativeCommons CC BY 2.0

For Data Privacy Day we should take the time to look at the current state of privacy and set the direction and tone for the future. Today, let’s stop and think not just about the minimum requirements of privacy legislation, but rather about the world we’re building and handing to our children. How easy or hard do we want the collection of privacy metadata to be tomorrow, in 10 years or in 100 years? Because while we can do the bare minimum and can rearchitect for the future, it behooves us to take the long view here and see privacy as a major and important challenge for all of us.

The constant drumbeat of breaches, including Solar Winds, desensitizes us collectively to the importance of identity security and privacy in our daily lives. In the last decade alone, billions of identities have been stolen around the world, making it safe to say that nearly everyone in the world has had their identity stolen at least once. And for many people it has been two or three times. Hyperbole helps no one in this situation and that sort of number just sounds apocalyptic. However, it loses all meaning when most people think about how little the downside of this has affected them day-to-day.

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