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Post Pandemic Plausible Directions – Prioritizing safety over privacy

by Marty Resnick  |  July 10, 2020  |  Comments Off on Post Pandemic Plausible Directions – Prioritizing safety over privacy

We recently published a report that was a cross Research and Advisory initiative at Gartner. Analysts from many different industries, coverage areas, and teams participated in this list, that to be fair was published in early May. So it does not take into account some recent events and disruptions.

I wanted to spend the next several days sharing each one and would appreciate any feedback. The entire report  is  available Top 10 Plausible Directions Resulting from COVID-19

A webinar on this topic could also be found here.

Keep in mind, COVID-19 will have short- and long-term implications for all organizations. There are many opposing trends and parallel scenarios. These posts will explore each one.

The next plausible direction is Prioritizing safety over privacy.

Description

An assumed dichotomy between safety and privacy leads to prioritization of safety concerns and implementation of measures without regard for privacy protection. Measures to track and trace individuals, once implemented as a temporary reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic, will remain in place post-pandemic and continue to be reused for other purposes, including potential other infectious diseases, and become part of the ‘new normal’. Connection of infection assessment, location/spread, and proximity measuring applications to a system of citizen or consumer rating will be expanded as will the connected use cases. Interconnectivity of proximity, behavior, character attributes and such will find its way into control over physical movement based on digital identity representation, furthering the convergence between the physical and the digital. Use cases will scope creep into control over financial means, access to stores, supermarkets, and public facilities like (public) transport, et cetera. These effects are more likely in jurisdictions with a propensity for strong government control over individual citizens and expand into commercial realms beyond the government-citizen relation

Signals

  • Increasing acceptance of privacy-bypassing innovations
  • Enforcement of privacy law reducing/absent
  • Temporary or reactive measures are proposed without a threshold for removal

Short-Term Impacts

  • Increased pressure on the fast release of innovations
  • Reduced cost and resource needs in ad hoc developments
  • Shifted design-thinking and project priority

Long-Term Impacts

  • New-normal with the permanent presence of initially temporary technology
  • Less accountability and transparency on personal data processing
  • Reduced consumer protection

Recommended Response

  • Maintain customer trust by applying digital ethics to balance data processed
  • Be innovative with safety-enhancing solutions
  • Standardize your data protection policies across the organization, but be flexible.

Just a reminder –

The entire report  is  available Top 10 Plausible Directions Resulting from COVID-19

A webinar on this topic could also be found here.

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Category: continuous-foresight  plausible-directions  trendspotting  

Tags: continuous-foresight  covid-19  disruption  foresight  futurism  pandemic  plausible-directions  privacy  safety  

Marty Resnick
Sr Director Analyst
3 years at Gartner
20 years IT Industry

Marty Resnick is a Research Director on Gartner's Enterprise Architecture and Technology Innovation team based in Atlanta, GA (USA). Mr. Resnick's primary focus is on the role of the Enterprise Architect in the selection, recommendation and implementation of emerging technologies (e.g. virtual reality and augmented reality), as well as, the use of methodologies such as Agile and Design Thinking for use in ideation, innovation and achieving business outcomes. Read Full Bio




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