Data privacy management, also known as information privacy management, is an important part of information technology (IT) that involves the ability of a company or an individual to monitor and determine what types of data within their computer system can be shared with third parties.
Usually, a company will use a data privacy management platform to manage and protect the information that the company collects. A recent example of data privacy legislation went into effect on May 25, 2018, when the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) forced companies who deal with personal, identifiable information of EU and EEA citizens, to comply with the new regulations.
In general, a company must get the customer’s consent before collecting data. If the company does not comply, it will be in violation of the GDPR regulations. Companies will often employ any of the following measures to ensure data privacy:
The most common data privacy violations involve consent. If a customer’s personal information, such as a Social Security number, is sold to a third party without the customer’s consent, then the company has broken the law.
As mentioned above, when the new GDPR regulations went into effect, companies around the world scrambled to update their privacy policies. Even though they may not have a legal presence in the EU or EEA, if they have just one customer from any of those countries, they must be in compliance or run the risk of receiving a data privacy violation.
Other common data privacy violations may include:
In instances where a data privacy breach occurred, the legal ramifications can be serious. Data breaches can cause great harm to victims, including identity theft and disruption of their lives and businesses. Remedies for such violations may include:
The legal repercussions for data privacy issues can be severe. It is also not uncommon for class action lawsuits to follow violations that have affected a large number of people.
If you have questions regarding data privacy, you should contact a local business lawyer in your area. An experienced attorney can help to ensure your company is compliant with federal and state privacy laws, in addition to providing legal representation for any violation issues.
Last Modified: 06-29-2018 01:05 PM PDTLaw Library Disclaimer
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