Digital Policy Resource Center

Digital Policy Areas and Types

Once you recognize why you need policies or that you have some gaps in your existing policy framework, you’ll need to consider which areas and what types of policies you need to develop.

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Policies by Organizational Maturity

Which policies should a starter business prioritize?
Which policies should an intermediate business prioritize?
Which policies should an expert business prioritize?

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All of the digital policies from the starter and intermediate list, and the following:

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Policies for Your Industry

Banking and Investment Services

In the banking and financial services sector, digital requirements are compounded with traditional regulatory obligations. But with the right policy framework translated into clear guardrails, your digital, marketing, and IT teams can collaborate on an experience that both engages your customers and minimizes your risk.

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Education

Educational institutions, especially universities, need digital channels to recruit students and support their learning journeys. As a result, your focus may be on experience, not compliance. Functionality might come before accessibility, design before consistency, and the independence of academic departments before cohesiveness with the larger institution. To minimize these conflicts and maximize ROI on tight budgets, your educational institution should consider a range of policies.

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Energy and Utilities

Water, electricity, transportation, or communication. Public or private. B2B or B2C. Not only are digital requirements for energy and utilities different from other sectors, but they vary widely within the industry itself. Amidst this complexity, you need clarity. Consider inventorying your digital policies and looking for gaps.

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Government

Today, citizens want federal, regional, state, and local agencies to provide digital experiences on par with Amazon and Apple. Rising citizen expectations, combined with long-standing e-government requirements, mean agencies must now enforce consistent branding, protect privacy and data, and develop user-centric experiences. All while reducing the cost to taxpayers. To deliver on your mission and citizens’ demand for digital government, make sure these policies are in place.

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Health and Life Science

With a long list of regulatory issues all differing by country and by region, healthcare and life sciences is one of the most complicated, regulated industries from any perspective. Digital included. Marketers targeting providers and patients undoubtedly understand communications. But they may not understand the intricacies of drug promotion in the US versus UK versus UAE. What is appropriate, expected, and legal in one market, may not be in another. Understanding and mapping out the opportunities will provide you economies of scale that translate to competitive advantage.

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Insurance

Conservative by nature, your insurance company may not have poor publishing practices or careless digital habits to break. But, the same caution that has insulated you from risk online could also hinder your ability to meet customer expectations in an increasingly omni-channel service delivery model. As mobile claims replace paper ones, leveraging digital technologies and protecting your organization from the inherent risks requires policies.

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Manufacturing

Whether you make self-driving cars or lug nuts, digital marketing, communications, and sales make your business far more complex. For example, how well does your firm understand the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act? If you do any business in the state and generate global revenues of $100+ million, you not only have to comply, you have to post compliance reports online. Even if you’re a B2B, you should at least consider what may and may not be required and make an informed, business-level decision that balances the digital risks and rewards.

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Media

Digital has transformed so many sectors, but the media industry has arguably felt most disruption. From continually evolving monetization strategies, to leveraging new media, to ever-smarter analytics, you have to balance digital advantages and risks in almost every aspect of your business. Yet, digital policies can drive competitive advantage for many media organizations as they modernize infrastructure and consider new sourcing strategies.

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Retail

Large online retailers such as Amazon and eBay are setting the bar for best practice, regulatory, and legal compliance. Yet, overall the sector is struggling with digital opportunities and risks. How can you leverage big data to fuel cross-channel experiences without compromising customer privacy? How do you navigate global regulatory environments to sell in new markets? Digital policies have never been more relevant in the retail industry. Success will require a sound digital policy program including:

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Not-For-Profit

While non-profits and NGOs both perform significant online fundraising, they actually need very different digital policies for regulatory compliance. Generally, NGOs aren’t under the jurisdiction any specific country, as they work under international law. However, local operations are often better positioned to promote their cause or avoid political missteps if they comply with country-specific laws. Does your not-for-profit organization – whether a non-profit or NGO – have the right digital policies in place?

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Policies for Your Team

Business Units/Content Creators

Unlike any other department, individual business units have the most insight on what the organization delivers into the marketplace. This is where great ideas are born, where customer problems are solved, and where content originates from deep insight. However, this is also where content can veer off-brand or place the business at risk. Good digital policies help business units and owners deliver good digital content.

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Digital Marketing
Finance

You are often overlooked in the digital process, but in reality, you are a key player. Not only do you have valuable knowledge to contribute tothe policy discussion, but you are often the key driver for policy adoption in the organization. Digital policy is about enabling and supporting workers and who better than you to partner in that endeavor.

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Human Resources

You are often overlooked in the digital process, but in reality, you are a key player. Not only do you have valuable knowledge to contribute tothe policy discussion, but you are often the key driver for policy adoption in the organization. Digital policy is about enabling and supporting workers and who better than you to partner in that endeavor.

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Information Technology
Legal, Regulatory, Compliance

If IT is focused on keeping digital systems up and running, digital marketing is busy developing campaigns and improving the experience, and business units are churning out content for the digital channels, who is minding all your digital activity and addressing potential risks? The answer should probably be you: the legal, regulatory, or compliance team. With both the ear of leadership and a clear view of the big picture, you’re positioned to help digital stakeholders understand the opportunities and risks. In-house legal, regulatory, or compliance teams, as well as external counsel, should consider the sound policies.

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