Personal Privacy Laws and Your Small Business

Personal Privacy Laws and Your Small Business

In the course of running a business your company collects a lot of details about you. Certain of the information could be classified as sensitive, and is a class of data that is given additional protection under the privacy laws. The laws differ between countries as do the types and amounts of personal data.

Sensitive information is defined in different ways by different privacy laws, but it usually includes things such as genetic information like racial or ethnic heritage or sexual orientation and gender identity, as well as religious beliefs. It may also include the person’s social security number or home address, as well as a phone number, as well as other data that could be used to identify them in a certain way. It may even include biometric information, like fingerprints or electronic signatures.

The laws that govern personal information will differ by location and industry, but it’s crucial for companies to know what kinds of data they’re legally required to safeguard. Most of these laws require that you outline and agree to your policies as part of your business practices.

It is a good idea to conduct an inventory of the personal information that your company holds. This will allow you to ensure that you’re compliant. This involves more than looking over what you have in file cabinets, and looking for data saved on laptops, mobile devices flash drives, home computers or digital copiers. You’ll be amazed at how much personal information that your business has.

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