Tips for Staying Safe and Private Online: Organizations

PRIVACY INSIGHTS AND ADVICE FOR ORGANIZATIONS: PRIVACY IS GOOD FOR BUSINESS

GDPR and the California Consumer Privacy Act, among others, have made privacy a top priority for businesses in 2018 and 2019.  Here are some tips for organizations to promote, achieve and maintain privacy:

  • IF YOU COLLECT IT, PROTECT IT. Follow reasonable security measures to keep individuals’ personal information safe from inappropriate and unauthorized access.
  • BE OPEN AND HONEST ABOUT HOW YOU COLLECT, USE AND SHARE CONSUMERS’ PERSONAL INFORMATION. Clearly communicate your data use practices and any features or settings you offer to consumers to manage their privacy.
  • DON’T COUNT ON YOUR PRIVACY POLICY AS YOUR ONLY TOOL TO EDUCATE CONSUMERS ABOUT YOUR PRIVACY PRACTICES. 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 on the importance and impact of protecting consumer and employee information as well as the role they play in keeping it safe.
  • IN ADDITION TO YOUR PRIVACY PRACTICES, DO YOUR DUE DILIGENCE AND MONITOR PARTNERS AND VENDORS. You are also responsible for how they use and collect personal information.