Protecting Customer Data Is a Top Challenge for CMOs

Reddit, Under Armour, Timehop, MyHeritage, Yahoo, Equifax and Target are just a few of the companies that have experienced data breaches in recent years. The proliferation of data breaches is happening at a time when marketers are becoming more reliant upon user data. In a September survey of 226 CMOs worldwide conducted by Forbes Insights and The Trade Desk, 42% of respondents said that protecting customer data is one of their top data-related challenges.

Another thing that makes chief marketers further fret about data security is legislation. In May, the EU’s General Protection Data Regulation (GDPR) become enforceable. Following this, the California Consumer Privacy Act was signed into law in June and is set to take effect in 2020. US citizens and Congress members alike are becoming more comfortable with the idea of data regulation.

“It’s no wonder that consumers are growing frustrated with the steady stream of data breach news these days, and their trust is becoming more fragile,” said Ian Woolley, chief revenue officer of Ensighten. “This is an executive matter.”

With data privacy frequently in the news, some marketers are agonizing over the threat of data breaches.

Courtesy of eMarketer

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