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Why the Cannabis Industry Must Address the Unique Challenges of Mandated Data Retention

Two overarching factors increase the cannabis industry’s data security risks: data sensitivity brought on by federal illegality and lingering cultural divisiveness; and massive, mandated data footprints brought on by intense state and local regulatory scrutiny.

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Not all data breaches are created the same. While every industry has felt their impact in recent years, some industries house data that is sensitive simply by virtue of association with individual consumers. There’s no better illustration than the dramatic breach of an online matching service for extramarital affairs in 2015, in which the leak of a simple list of names — relatively non-sensitive data in privacy terms — reportedly resulted in divorces and even suicides.

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