Protecting Personal Business Information

Personal business is an expression used to describe the tasks or activities which are carried out by a firm, person, or individual on their own. Examples include managing finances and household chores, or keeping appointments. It could also mean creating and running a business based on one’s skills or interests, as an individual or sole proprietor.

Although privacy laws for data differ from countries to countries and states to state however, they all have the same definitions for what is considered to be personal information. Personal data is defined in the CCPA, Connecticut’s law, and other laws as any information that could be reasonably connected to an identifiable individual other than data that is de-identified or information available publicly. The CCPA also contains a separate category for sensitive personal information that is more secure than any other type of data.

It’s important to know how much data is kept in your organization and where it’s located. The best method for doing this is to conduct a full inventory of all files, documents and folders, as well as storage devices. This should include all file cabinets, desktops, mobile devices, laptops, disks, flash drives and digital copiers. Don’t forget to be aware of places where sensitive information might be stored outside your office, for example, the homes of employees or work-from-home computers, as well as other devices.

Sensitive PII should be encrypted in the transit phase and in rest. It should only be kept as long as is necessary for business purposes. This includes biometric data medical information that is protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and unique identifiers like passports and Social Security numbers and employee personnel records.


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