Inside: Establishing a Data Governance Committee as part of 2014 strategic priorities

A DGC encourages strategic thinking and the creation of opportunities surrounding the appropriate use of data within the organization

In our first column of this series, we discussed why it is in the best interest of general counsel to cultivate successful relationships with the company’s chief information officer and IT staff. Not only does a collaborative approach benefit the operational efficiencies of each respective department, but in an era where data breaches top national headlines on a regular basis, a team-minded system to dealing with security and privacy issues makes these corporate governance challenges easier to handle.

When a positive interdepartmental relationship has been established, successful GCs create a culture of data responsibility, accountability and sustainability. How does a GC institutionalize good data governance so that, when bad things happen to the company, the legal department can respond appropriately, or better yet, avoid crisis events?

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