Protecting Business Data like Your Health: Plan, Assess, Safeguard

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Protecting Business Data like Your Health: Plan, Assess, Safeguard

data privacy

Topic:

Business, Organizations, Data, Data Privacy, HIPPA, PII

Read Time:

3-5 mins

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What Is Data Privacy?

COVID-19 has many of us self-quarantined, working from home, or making plans for what to do on April 1st. We have increased our internet use- watching videos, handling zoom calls, sending emails, ordering food, teleconferencing with doctors, and etcetera. Of course we require much of this information be safeguarded from hackers, scammers, or the public.

We don’t want our credit card information shared with any other person. More commonly, we don’t want videos, taken without our consent, to remain on YouTube, Instagram, or TikTok after we request video removal. Certain information about us should stay private.

Data privacy involves protecting personally identifiable information (PII). PII is any information that can be used to identity an individual. This is includes:

  • Names;
  • Social Security Number;
  • Date and Place of Birth;
  • Biometric Records;
  • Medical, Educational, Financial, and Employment Information.

How Does It Affect Me?

According to Pew Research:

The vast majority of Americans – 96% – now own a cellphone of some kind. The share of Americans that own smartphones is now 81%, up from just 35% in Pew Research Center’s first survey of smartphone ownership conducted in 2011.

https://www.pewresearch.org/internet/fact-sheet/mobile/

Just like owning property, like a home, car, or cell phone, you own most of your data. As an owner, you should have the right to understand how it is used by others. In an organization, data is used to make important business decisions. Data breaches lower trust in digital marketplaces, and put a legal stain on consumers and businesses alike.

What Can I Do to Protect My Data?

Organization:

  • Consult with a Data Privacy, and / or GDPR professional.
  • Draft a data usage and privacy policy.
  • Get everyone in your company updated on current data usage and data privacy requirements.
  • Create a Data Protection Officer role.
  • Update company passwords and user roles frequently.
  • Control data access points, such as computers, cloud services, emails, texts, and social media.

Personal:

  • Change your password frequently.
  • Check your credit reports.
  • Consult with an attorney.
  • Close your phone, computer, email, or app when you are not using it.

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