Protecting Personal Business Information

Personal business is an expression used to describe tasks or activities that are performed by a company, a person or an one on their own. Examples include managing finances, completing household chores, and keeping appointments. It can also mean setting up and running a company according to one’s capabilities or interests, as a sole proprietor.

Although privacy laws for data differ from country to country and state to state, they all have similar definitions of what constitutes personal data. Personal data is defined in the CCPA, Connecticut’s law and other laws as any information that could be reasonably tied to an identifiable person other than information that is de-identified or information available publicly. The CCPA also provides a category for sensitive personal information that is more secure than any other kind of data.

It is important to understand how much data is kept in your organization and where it’s located. This can be done by taking a complete inventory on all documents, files and storage devices. This should include all file cabinets, desktops laptops, mobile devices, laptops, disks, flash drives and digital copiers. Don’t forget to also check areas where sensitive information might be stored outside of your office. This is the case for employees’ homes as well as their work-from-home computers.

Sensitive PII should be secured in transit and in storage and should only be kept the time necessary for business reasons. This includes biometric information, medical information covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), unique identification numbers such as passports or Social Security numbers and employee personnel records.

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