IBM believes that consideration for privacy and data protection must be built into the fabric of our societies in order for individuals and organizations to realize the promises of social progress and economic growth offered by our increasingly interconnected and data-driven world.
The importance of privacy and data protection:
The economic value of information continues to rise and much of that information relates to us as individuals. This information, and how we make use of it, is at the heart of new business models, new jobs, and new ways in which individuals and business organize and connect with one another around the globe. Institutions of all types – including business – must work to earn the public’s trust in their ability to steward information, and in turn we as consumers must take educated steps to protect ourselves and our families.
- Early 1970s – first company in the world to adopt a global privacy code of conduct
- 2000 – one of the first companies of any size to appoint a chief privacy officer
- Recognized as “Most Trusted for Privacy” in the technology industry in the US and Canada
Today, IBM continues to engage with government, industry and other leaders to inform and help shape initiatives that can deliver progress and privacy. The resources and discussion on IBMprivacy.com are provided in the spirit of the global dialogue and exchange we believe is required to make progress on these vital issues.