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Term: Availability

Availability means that personal data must be accessible when it’s needed by the data subject or by the organization that uses it.

What is Availability?

Availability, within the context of data protection, refers to the principle that personal data should be readily accessible and retrievable when required. It ensures that data is not just stored but can be accessed in a timely manner, especially when it’s crucial for specific processes, decisions, or compliance requirements.

What does Availability mean for businesses?

For businesses, the concept of availability in data protection has several implications:

  • Compliance: Certain regulations, such as the GDPR, mandate that businesses should provide data upon request (although this is not an absolute right). Ensuring availability helps businesses meet these regulatory requirements.
  • Trustworthiness: A business that can ensure data availability can enhance trust among customers and stakeholders.
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