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Data Privacy Study: 500 Companies Share their Insights

Data Privacy study 500 large companies share their insights

A recent study by FTI Consulting sheds some light on how organizations are responding to new data privacy regulations, consequentially limiting their use of consumer data and balancing the costs and risks of managing data in compliance with privacy laws.

FTI surveyed senior management and C-suit roles (more than 60% of respondents) and middle-management roles (28%), who had insights into the corporate data privacy programs from more than 500 large, U.S.-based companies.

The results of the study provided insight into the state of data privacy programs, as well as perceptions and strategies at large corporations. The report states four key themes that were constantly emerging:

key insight into FTI consulting research on daa privacy in large companiesChange in the perception of data privacy

The data privacy scene constantly changes with new data protection laws emerging across the globe, just as we discussed in our blog about trends, challenges, and developments.

If we look at the numbers from the study, we see a lot of companies actively adjusting to these changes moving forward with their privacy programs in the past year and adjusting to the requirements of new regulations, with an expected increase in their budgets.

97% of the companies stated they plan to increase their data privacy spending by 50%, and 75% have changed their privacy programs in the past 12 months.

97 percent of respondents are planning on incr4easing their data privacy budgets by 50 percentThat is a lot of activity in the data privacy area, and looking at the planned budgets, it is becoming evident that the perception of data privacy initiatives has shifted from merely aligning with regulatory requirements to seeing them as a great risk mitigator and added value to the core business of the organization.

But we have to ask, what is propelling this change? Did the activities of supervisory authorities have anything to do with how many resources these companies invested in data privacy?

Did data protection laws play a part, or did the public’s expectations have a greater impact?

It is all that and more. Let’s find out who is building the pressure.

Organizations are facing risks

The research indicates that companies are constantly operating at the risk of data privacy breaches and other crises that might arise from processing personal data, and they are well aware of the negative impacts.

As we discussed in “Data breach and Reputation Management,” privacy incidents will, without a doubt, affect how consumers will perceive your company in the future, affect your brand value, potentially bring regulatory investigations and sanctions, and lead to substantial financial losses.

This is corroborated by companies’ expectations of a 9% drop in global annual turnover as a result of a data privacy crisis event.

Not to mention that we are talking about companies whose average annual turnover is $830 million, and a 9% drop means $79 million in losses.

Such far-reaching impact builds up enormous pressure to comply from different external and internal sources, like customers and the public, the board, media, and supervisory authorities.

Most concerns were expressed over data usage, usage limitations and sharing with third parties, breaches, internal data theft, employee hardware loss, and regulatory investigations and sanctions.

Awareness does not translate into action

And while 81% stated their executives are aware of the issues, more than one-third of companies said the awareness is not translating into prioritization.

Also, most companies had positive self-assessments, which reflect inconsistencies between awareness, prioritization, perception, and readiness.

If they self-assessed and came to a conclusion their privacy program is satisfactory, why is there 79% of respondents who feel vulnerable to a data privacy crisis and nearly 40% of those who claim they are very vulnerable?

The most vulnerable industries were technology services(48%) and the financial sector (43%).

Technology stands out

Like all business processes, compliance is also a complex matter that can’t be solved by using one method or resource. It requires “a healthy mix of people, process, and technology.”

However, the study showed that technology stands out regarding compliance efforts.

68% rated systems and technology as very effective for data privacy compliance

So why are you not in the process of purchasing your data privacy solution? Well, maybe you are, but nearly 60 % of respondents stated they don’t have the resources in the organization to ensure compliance.

However, trends indicate a significant increase in privacy budgets, more personnel, more internal processes, and revisions of existing measures and policies.


While progress is moving in the right direction, there is more work to be done. Organizations will need to translate their awareness into more action and diligence.

As this happens and privacy postures strengthen, organizations will begin to uncover and focus on the opportunities surrounding their data—rather than the risk.

The companies that will go through this shift faster and better will have the upper hand on their competition and will be able to draw more insights from their data.

This study gives us a glance at the evolution of data privacy programs in large enterprises in the US, and there is a lot of useful information to be found in the research, so we advise you to go and check the entire report.

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