A quantum computer can find one item in a list of one trillion in about one second. A classical computer takes about a week to do the same. The ability of quantum computers to factor so many possibilities so quickly has serious implications for data privacy – brute force attacks could soon crack even the most advanced encryption schemes. With quantum technologies rapidly maturing, responding to this must be a priority for privacy leaders. Organizations need to review their privacy strategy and build flexibility so they can respond to an evolving market and educate people at all levels about quantum’s possibilities.