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What Is Data Privacy Management?

Data privacy management (DPM) is a broad term used to describe the various steps and measures a company takes in order to secure private information that it owns. Privacy management may involve a number of measures, including:

  • Using various computer systems and firewalls to prevent the theft of secure information
  • Screening processes designed to keep customer and employee information confidential
  • Using contracts and non-disclosure agreements to keep sensitive company information from reaching the public or competitors
  • Hiring data privacy management professionals whose job it is to manage data
  • Checking company privacy policies against federal and state privacy laws such as the Privacy Act

Protecting private data is important for a company’s smooth operation, as well as for customer and employee satisfaction. A company’s reputation can suffer if the data privacy violations occur.

What Are Some Common Data Privacy Violations?

State and federal laws create strict prohibitions on the selling or distribution of private information without the person’s consent. Most data privacy violations therefore revolve around lack of consent or the violation of a consent agreement. Some example of these include:

  • Selling customer information, such as their name or their Social Security number, to outside sources without their permission
  • Revealing employee information to other employers without their consent
  • Displaying a person’s face on an advertisement or other marketing device without their knowledge or consent
  • Negligence in handling important information
  • Using fraud, misrepresentation, or deceit to obtain a customer’s personal information

Employers can also violate privacy laws as well. For instance, they may become liable for a violation if they divulge company information for a profit or permit a data breach to happen. Most businesses have some sort of non-disclosure agreement in place to prevent such conduct.

Are There Any Legal Remedies for Data Privacy Legal Issues?

Data privacy violations can result in legal remedies such as:

  • Monetary damages for economic losses caused by a breach of privacy
  • Changes in company data privacy management procedures
  • Various consequences related to website privacy
  • Criminal consequences in the case of certain violations

Thus, data privacy lawsuits can often result in serious consequences for employers or company management. Widespread violations can lead to a class action lawsuit.

Should I Hire a Lawyer for Help with a Data Privacy Lawsuit?

Data privacy is an important aspect of operating and maintaining any business, regardless of the business' size. You may need to hire a business lawyer in your area if you need help with any data privacy issues or conflicts. Your attorney can help review company policies to ensure that you are cooperating with federal and state privacy laws. Also, if you need to file a lawsuit, or need help with a legal proceeding, your lawyer can provide representation during court meeting times.

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Last Modified: 10-15-2015 05:12 PM PDT

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