Protecting Personal Business Information

Personal business refers to tasks or activities that individuals or companies manage on their own, like managing finances, completing household chores, or keeping appointments. It can also refer to creating and running an enterprise of a small size based on your skills, interests and experience as a sole proprietor an individual.

Although data privacy laws vary from nation to country and state to state but they all share the same definitions for what constitutes personal information. The CCPA and Connecticut’s law for instance, define personal data as any information that is linked or reasonably linked to an identifiable individual other than de-identified information or information that is publicly accessible. Furthermore the CCPA includes a category of sensitive personal data that needs to be protected more than other forms of data.

It is crucial to determine how much information your organization has. The best method to accomplish this is to conduct an exhaustive inventory of all files, documents, folders and storage devices. This includes desktops, file cabinets, and laptops as well as mobile devices flash drives, disks, and digital copiers. Additionally, don’t forget to examine the locations where sensitive information might be stored outside your office, like the homes of employees computer work-from-home devices, their computers at home and other devices.

PII that is sensitive should be encrypted during transport and at rest and only kept as long as it is required for business purposes. This includes biometric information medical information that is protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), unique identifiers like passports and Social Security numbers and employee personnel records.



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