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Karie BurtSeptember 13, 20236 min read

Data privacy tips: 3 core principles for a changing data landscape 

As the data privacy landscape evolves, legislators are shifting their focus to B2B marketers. While recent attention has been on consumer data and online social platforms, it’s important for B2B marketers to be prepared for increased scrutiny. This blog will go over three core principles for B2B marketers to get in front and stay ahead of data privacy.

Data-driven marketing has blurred the lines between the traditional separation of “business” and “consumer” – advertisements are consumed on personal devices, work laptops, and household tablets and data is processed on a massive scale. The ability to link, infer resolve identity, and increase scale is now the cornerstone of marketing. The emergence of new technologies has fueled marketers’ heavy reliance on interpreting and leveraging this influx in data. The revolution (or evolution) of Artificial Intelligence in marketing is exciting but also daunting as it has opened the floodgates for conjecture, debate, speculation, and fearmongering that hasn’t been seen since the heady days of GDPR. The EU Parliament just introduced the World’s First AI Act, where OpenAI, the maker of ChatGPT, is being targeted for potential GDPR non-compliance. While not every B2B company creates generative AI tools, many are using them in their marketing. This a very present example of why your data privacy strategy needs to be continuously managed and upgraded to get out in front of new regulations and market shifts.

But, how? Start with the guidance below that falls within three categories: transparency, data governance, and accountability.

1. Transparency in B2B Data Privacy

B2B marketers are usually owners, processors, and controllers of data, be it first party, second party, or third party, and that means they must prioritize data privacy best practices and remain vigilant towards future changes and advancements.

A good data privacy strategy starts with a commitment to transparency and building trust by upholding and respecting customers’ and contacts’ rights.

Questions to ask

B2B marketers should kick off by auditing their own processes from a data subject’s perspective by asking these questions:

  • What data is collected?

  • For what purpose?

  • Who can access the data?

  • Who can use the data?

  • If and where it is transferred or sold?

  • How can data subjects stop their data from being used?

In addition to a transparent policy, B2B marketers should create an accessible data privacy experience:

Ensure your privacy policy is easy to find on your website home page. Ideally, marketers will have a privacy center on their home page that explains, in clear language, details on how the company is collecting, processing, transferring, and using data. Aim for best practice, and go above what is legally required. Many B2C companies have a “preference center” that allows customers to opt in or out of various things such as email marketing, data collection, and ad targeting. Don’t forget that visitors may visit your site from other countries. If you are a US-based business with EU traffic, cover GDPR in your privacy policy. Communication is critical, not only do privacy inquiries have to be dealt with within a specified time period for GDPR or CCPA, etc. B2B marketers should have clear unsubscribe buttons on emails and clear instructions to opt-out on their website. Don’t forget, under CCPA you also need an 1-800 number.

The takeaway here is to make it easy for data subjects to contact you! A customer-first organization is transparent and responsive and respects privacy rights, period.

Takeaway from Karie:

Make it easy for data subjects to contact you! A customer-first organization is transparent and responsive and respects privacy rights no matter what.


2. Data Governance in B2B Data Privacy

Good data governance is an ongoing process, not ‘set it and forget it.’ The privacy landscape is everchanging and it’s important to keep privacy practices up to date. Having a clear strategy for data governance means designating owners and having a cyclical set of activities in place that become a standard part of data management.

  1. Audit in-house data. Marketers should understand the types of data they have (first-, second- or third-party data) and how each type is used.
  2. Assess privacy risks. Look for privacy risks in each type of data. Have a plan in place to address risks should any come up. Work with IT and Security to have an incident response plan in the event of a breach or leak, which includes communicating with applicable authorities, clients, vendors, employees, and data subjects.
  3. Document everything. Marketers should outline the data they collect, how they collect it, and how they use it or plan to use it. It should be clear and something they can easily share with their team to make sure everyone is on the same page about how their organization handles data. Ensure data security protocols are part of your team’s education and onboarding. Marketers often handle personal data, PII, so they need to do this securely.
  4. Update your privacy policy regularly. Reflect legislative changes and if there are changes to how a company collects or uses data, the privacy policy needs to be updated. Post the updated date. There is nothing that makes me cringe more than seeing an update date of three years ago. The privacy policy is your shop window into how you protect, process, and handle data. It needs to be reviewed throughout the year and updated regularly. Complacency is not your friend here!

Takeaway from Karie:

The privacy policy is your shop window into how you protect, process, and handle data. It needs to be reviewed throughout the year and updated regularly. Complacency is not your friend here!


3. Accountability in B2B Data Privacy

It isn’t enough to just create a privacy policy—B2B marketers should hold themselves to a high standard. Marketers must do more than simply comply with standard regulations. They must deliver excellent customer experiences, and that means curating and upholding standards that go above and beyond legal compliance.

For example, at Anteriad, we strive to practice best-in-class data privacy and hygiene. Our commitment to data governance and privacy puts it at the core of our business and flows through the whole organization. We have a responsive Privacy Team that engages and shares information and action requests quickly to ensure the complete satisfaction of data subjects. We use best-in-class data encryption and security best practices to protect our data and clients’ data. We educate our staff and ensure we are not collecting or handling superfluous or sensitive data. We voluntarily stop contacting prospects who are unresponsive as we strive to build trust and engagement. We constantly refresh old data with new. This ensures that our data is not only highly effective, but that we are focused only on an engaged audience. It creates trust and higher performance, which delivers better results for our clients.

With high standards in place internally, marketers will benefit from committing to working only with trusted data partners with the same mindset. Partners can affect data security and privacy compliance, and companies that focus on data best practices often provide top-notch data hygiene services and can be a great resource to help navigate changing policies.

Looking forward

Committing to a proactive approach to data privacy takes time. It requires buy-in from the top down, empowerment to work across the whole company, and investment in resources and systems, but the benefits become clear quickly. Businesses with well-managed data and transparent privacy policies will not only stay ahead of government scrutiny and market changes, but they will also see better marketing outcomes, reaching prospects who are more likely to be engaged and receptive to marketing. Respecting an individual’s data privacy rights leads to a better customer experience, improved brand reputation, and a clear corporate conscience that you are striving to do the right thing and wish to do no harm.

Leading with transparency, accountability, and clear data governance can help get in front of evolving data privacy regulations, especially in the era of AI and what’s to come with privacy legislation.


Karie Burt

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