Protecting Personal Business Information

The term “personal business” refers to tasks or activities that an individual or business manages on their own, such as managing finances, taking care of household chores or maintaining appointments. It could also mean setting up and running a company depending on one’s abilities, interests and experience as a sole proprietor.

Although privacy laws for data differ from country to country and state to state however, they all have the same definitions for what constitutes personal information. The CCPA and Connecticut’s law, for example, describe personal data as information that is reasonably connected to an identifiable individual, except for de-identified data or publically available information. The CCPA also includes a section for sensitive personal data that is more secure than any other kind of data.

It’s crucial to determine how much information your company has. The best way to do this is to take an exhaustive inventory of all documents, files and folders, as well storage devices. This should include desktops, cabinets, and laptops, as well as mobile devices flash drives, disks, and digital copiers. Don’t forget to also check areas where sensitive information might be stored outside of your office. This includes employees’ homes and their work-from managing data about your company home computers.

Sensitive PII should be encrypted in transit and in storage and should be kept only as long as necessary for business reasons. This includes biometrics, medical data that is covered by the Health Insurance Accountability and Portability Act(HIPAA) Unique identifiers like passport or Social Security Numbers and employee records for personnel.