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PROTECTING ONE'S DIGITAL RIGHTS AND SECURITY IN 2020

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Security-coronavirus-2This year, with the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic, it is apparent that our lives have become even more reliant on technology. Many workplaces have been forced to close temporarily and to shift to an online workspace, while universities and schools have shifted their teaching to online methods through the use of platforms such as Zoom and Google Classroom.

Additionally, our social lives and events have also somewhat shifted to online platforms, where individuals are seeking new ways to connect, mainly through video calls and the online live-streaming of events.

Statistics that have been gathered at a global level have also shown that we’ve become more reliant on online services that provide us with a platform to work, learn, shop and feel entertained from home. We are currently living in a world with an increased reliance on digital communication technologies, which have, in fact, become an integral part of our everyday lives.

Access to information has become increasingly fast, and although this has immense benefits, it also leads to a number of issues. This has led us to a situation where our digital rights and security may become compromised and violated through acts such as cybercrime, cyber­terrorism, hacking and data breaches.

Recent security research has exposed that many companies have unprotected data and unsatisfactory cybersecurity practices in place. It is im­por­tant for companies to begin prioritising cybersecurity awareness and to ensure that they have implemented sufficient security practices in their structures and functioning.

Lastly, the legal framework also comes into play here. The protection of our digi­tal rights requires an international and cross-sectoral legal approach dealing with this issue. Data protection and digital privacy in today’s world require the authorities to take bolder legal actions and to set up more a comprehensive framework to deal with such issues.

In the digital era, communication technologies have become a platform upon which global, political, economic and social life are increasingly reliant, and thus, this requires a higher level of data protection and privacy measures which must be implemented.

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