Mitigating Security and Privacy Risks: How the Capabara AI Assistant Makes the DPO’s Role Less Painful

Capabara provides suggestions to address operational queries and info on regulatory mandates and streamlines data governance processes.

Many SMEs want to deploy Generative AI tools like ChatGPT to enhance productivity and value but are apprehensive about using them. They fear potential corporate data leaks and are concerned that unethical use of Generative AI might expose them to security and privacy as well as ethical risks that overshadow potential benefits.

Singapore-based Straits Interactive found an opportunity here and created Capabara, an all-in-one data protection AI Assistant aiming to assist Data Protection Officers (DPOs) in their busy roles as demand for data privacy from organisations.

Capabara empowers SMEs to tap into generative AI’s potential in alignment with their digital transformation goals while ensuring ethical and responsible use. Can Capabara change the data protection landscape?

We spoke with Kevin Shepherdson, CEO and Founder of Straits Interactive, to learn more about the tool.

Below are the edited excerpts:

As the demand for DPOs increases in Asia, please discuss the role of these cyber-guardians in ensuring data privacy and security for organisations.

Everyone would agree that data has become an invaluable asset for organisations, regardless of size. In this context, the DPO emerges as the linchpin of a robust compliance framework, diligently protecting the privacy of sensitive information.

The role of the DPO has taken on greater significance given that nearly every ASEAN country now has its own data protection legislation. The rise of technologies like ChatGPT and generative AI introduces additional complexities in compliance, especially as many companies are integrating AI into their operations.

DPOs, aka cyber-guardians, need to consider AI’s risks and understand its influence over the entire lifecycle of business processes. Rather than solely aiming to mitigate these risks — which can lead to perceptions of DPOs as mere “show-stoppers ‘— they should also develop the competencies to assist business leaders in maximising data value through enhanced data governance.

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