Note: This post is part of a series on the Mid-Atlantic Privacy Compass. Over the following weeks, Commissioner White will explore each of its Compass Points in greater detail.
An organisation, and people in general, should be a steward in all things. This principle extends to communities, the natural environment, and to data.
When individuals provide personal data to organisations, the entity must take the mind-set that the data is only temporarily in their care and they are acting on the individual’s behalf, as a formal agent or otherwise.
As we travel on our various journeys - through time, space, or life itself - we are transitory. In business or otherwise, we have the opportunity to make use of the resources in front of us, but must always act responsibly, conserving common goods for the benefit of the community now and in the future.