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5 data privacy tips for your business

Posted: January 27, 2017

We recently shared a post all about Data Privacy Day which is tomorrow: Saturday, January 28. The day aims to remind businesses and internet users to consider the importance of protecting the privacy of their personal information online. The following data privacy tips are intended to help businesses that collect, use, and share individual’s personal information.

Protect what you collect

Follow reasonable security measures in order to help prevent and protect against unauthorized or inappropriate parties gaining access to such data.

Honesty is the best policy

Ensure your privacy practices are communicated clearly, and that customers are aware how their personal data is collected, used, and shared. Be open and honest about the tools and resources that your business is using for data storage, as well as who has access to them.

Go beyond the privacy notice

When it comes to educating consumers about data practices within your company, the privacy notice should not be your only asset. Provide regular public communication about what privacy means to your organization, alongside the processes used to achieve and maintain appropriate levels of security and privacy.

Culture of privacy

Educate employees about the importance of data privacy and security, and the vital role that each individual has in respecting and protecting personal data, both internally and externally.

Take responsibility

You are not only responsible for how your own organization collects and uses personal information, but also how associated partners and vendors use it too. It’s a good idea to revisit your contracts with such parties, and ensure that their policies and procedures are in line with yours.  When it comes to data privacy, a little due diligence can go a very long way.

Although relatively straightforward, these five actionable tips should help your business to create a long term culture of respecting privacy, safeguarding data, and building trust within the organization. Personal data may be a valuable part of carrying out your job effectively, but it’s even more valuable to the customer to which it belongs.

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