Privacy Insights and Advice for Organizations:
Privacy is Good for Business. Personal information may be valuable to your business, but it’s also something your customers value. Nearly 75 percent of Americans feel it is “extremely” or “very” important that companies have “easy-to-understand, accessible information about what personal data is collected about them, how it is used and with whom it is shared.1 Consider taking the following actions to create a culture of respecting privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust in your organization:
- If you collect it, protect it
- Follow reasonable security measures to protect individuals’ personal information from inappropriate and unauthorized access.
- Be open and honest about how you collect, use and share personal information
- Clearly communicate your data use practices and any features or settings you offer to consumers to manage their privacy.
- Communicate clearly and often what privacy means to your organization and the steps you take to achieve and maintain consumer privacy and security.
- Create a culture of privacy in your organization
- Educate employees about their role in privacy, security and respecting and protecting the personal information of colleagues and customers.
- Do you due diligence and monitor partners and vendors
- You are also responsible for how they use and collect personal information.
Here’s an assortment of business-focused resources created to educate companies and organizations about transparent online practices:
Here’s How to Get Involved Infographic
Learn simple, actionable advice you can use to educate people about privacy at home, at work and in your community.
Are You Doing Enough to Protect Your Consumers’ Data Infographic
Personal information may be valuable to your business, but it’s also something consumers value.
CyberSecure My Business
A comprehensive, national program comprised of interactive training based on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework, webinars and web resources to help businesses be resistant to and resilient from cyberattacks.
EDUCAUSE provides free activities and resources to help the higher education community promote privacy awareness to students, faculty and staff. Read the latest EDUCAUSE Review blog post on protecting personal information, “Privacy Is Our Shared Responsibility.”
Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
The FTC has created a webpage FTC.gov/SmallBusiness that has advice to help small business owners protect not only the networks and systems that are the backbone of their business, but also their employees’ and customers’ sensitive data. The website also includes videos that show steps small business owners can take to ensure their business has secure networks.
- Start with Security: how businesses can protect their computers and networks against threats
- Order free publications from the FTC and share them with your employees
Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS)
How we think about privacy and how we achieve privacy has changed with the evolution of IT and connectivity. Bits and bytes of our data are everywhere. Information cannot be private, unless
it is also secure in the technical, administrative, and physical realms. To learn more about good information privacy and security practices, please visit www.himss.org/dpd today.
International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP): IAPP is Privacy After Hours.
Privacy After Hours is coming to a city near you! In recognition of Data Privacy Day, the IAPP sponsors events around the world for anyone interested in privacy – IAPP member or not. Visit their website for a full listing and register today! Don’t see your city? Volunteer to host!