We live in an age where it’s hard to go for more than an entire week without reading a story about data breaches or hacks that expose millions and billions of personal information to hackers. Because of this, many people are looking for ways to keep their personal information safe online.
It’s crucial to know how to protect the personal data that you input into your digital business to comply with your legal obligations and safeguard the privacy of your customers. Here are some helpful tips to help you get started.
1. Identify Personal Data
Personal data, as defined in laws on data protection, refers to any information that can identify an individual or is used to do so. In the digital age that could include a wide range of things ranging from names to email addresses to biometric information. However, many information that might be private can be omitted from the personal data scope if there are specific qualifying circumstances. For instance, if an organization collects data about a wide range of people and asks them to provide their job titles that isn’t personal information because it cannot be used to identify a particular person.
Many organizations are required to limit the amount of personal data they collect, and that’s usually beneficial as it reduces the risk of a data breach. Most data protection laws also require a higher security level for sensitive personal data than regular personal information. This is because it could have more harmful or damaging effects on data subjects should a breach happen.