As more and more social, learning, and commercial activities move online, the criticality of protecting personal information with data classification solutions has skyrocketed in importance. Globally, strict laws have raised data protection to a matter of serious operational risk. 

Governments and regulatory bodies have introduced various data classification requirements, guidelines, regulations, and frameworks to protect consumers and force companies to implement more secure practices. 

Recent research by the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD) reveals that 137 out of 194 countries have legislated measures to protect consumer data and privacy [1].


Countries with legislation


Countries with draft legislation


Countries with no legislation

137 countries have legislated data protection laws and guidelines to protect information and privacy.

Examples of data protection laws and guidelines around the world include:

  • The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the European Union requires notification within 72 hours of data breaches involving any unauthorized loss, disclosure, modification or destruction of personal data.
  • In the UK, the Data Protection Act sets out requirements similar to the GDPR.
  • The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) includes rights of access, data portability and erasure, as well as the ability for consumers to opt out of the sale of their personal information. Other US States are following California’s lead, including Virginia and Colorado.
  • China's new Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL) serves a data protection purpose, but also enforces digital sovereignty.
  • The Brazilian General Data Protection Law (LGPD) is based on the GDPR, and includes data breach notification requirements.
  • Other jurisdictions like Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Singapore, Japan and South Korea all have comprehensive privacy laws which include data security obligations when handling personal information.

Research consistently confirms human error contributes to at least 30 percent of data breaches [2].

Despite the widespread global adoption of data privacy and data protection regulations, research consistently confirms a few simple human errors contribute to at least thirty percent of data breaches [3].

Surveyed organizations report repeated instances of data breaches and loss through inadvertent human actions. The most common human errors contributing to data breaches and loss include emailing sensitive information to the wrong recipient, unintentionally publishing protected information, losing data through misplaced paperwork or storage devices. 

Other human actions contributing to data breach and losses consist of forgetting to put large numbers of email recipients in the BCC field, storing sensitive data as draft emails with no classification, remote work environments distracting from best-in-class cybersecurity practices, and losing or sharing employee-issued devices.


of organizations shared personal data was emailed to the wrong recipient


of organizations experienced unintended release or publication of information


of organizations reported loss of paperwork or data storage device

Five ways Janusnet email classification solutions reduce the risk of common data breaches.

Our Janusseal email classification solutions help organizations reduce the risk of human errors that cause data leaks and breaches in five powerful ways by: 

  1. warning users before inadvertently emailing sensitive information to the wrong recipients
  2. preventing unintended exposure by applying threshold checks on the number of recipients
  3. for M365 users integrating with Microsoft Purview Sensitivity labels to invoke M365 platform controls
  4. exposing email classification metadata to email gateways to prevent accidental data loss
  5. automatically moving recipients in the TO and CC fields to the BCC field
An example of email thresholds configurable in Janusnet’s
email classification solution

Janusnet email classification helps prevent unintended exposure of data through email by applying threshold checks on the numbers of recipients.

See Janusnet data classification solutions in action

Whether your email infrastructure is on Exchange online, or on-premise, Janusnet’s email and data classification fits perfectly and extends Microsoft Purview Sensitivity Labels – so you get the best of both worlds. Fast reliable and more affordable than you might expect.

Watch Janusnet data classification solutions in action below or contact us for more information.