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If you can't protect data, don't collect data

Dean Gonsowski ( is the Chief Revenue Officer for Active Navigation, which is headquartered in the Washington, DC, metro area.

“There are only two types of companies: those that have been breached and those that don’t know they have.” - Elena Kvochko and Rajiv Pant, Harvard Business Review.[1]

In 2019 in the US, there were 1,473 data breaches and more than 160 million records exposed.[2] This relentless attack on consumers’ personal data has led to several global data privacy regulations being enacted—notably the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) in the US and the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). With so many new state-specific laws also being passed at a rapid pace, it is getting harder for compliance professionals to meet all the requirements of these complex laws—many of which are still in flux. With the compelling need for data protection, what does this mean for compliance officers?

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