What Facebook Can Tell Your Business About Data Privacy

What Your Business Needs to Know About Privacy and Facebook

Since word of the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke, we have been getting an increased number of questions about how businesses can protect sensitive information and what upcoming changes could alter the way businesses use Facebook. While we don’t have all of the answers, as Facebook reassesses the way they protect the data of consumers, here’s what your business should know:

What Happened?

The explosive news that a data firm, Cambridge Analytica, illegally mined the personal data of over 87 million Facebook users has taken the world by storm. It’s also raised a number of concerns about the security of information stored on Facebook. While Facebook quickly moved to ban the company and its parent company from using Facebook, it has brought the issue of privacy to the forefront of the business world.

What Should Your Business Do About Data Privacy?

Aside from having digital and physical security measures in place for your business, that you maintain with the help of IT professionals, you should also spend time thinking about a data policy for your employees and your business. If you collect any personal information about your customers, you need to have an explicit policy in place explaining what you do with the data, how you store it and with whom it is shared. A clear data policy shows your customers that you care about their privacy.

When creating a data policy, you should first review what local, national and international laws you are subject to. In some instances, consumers have a legal right for their data to remain private. You should also remember that different countries have radically different attitudes towards data privacy. What’s legal in the United States might not fly in the UK. You should consult with both a lawyer and an IT consultant to know what your liability is and what you should do to protect customer data.

Work With the Right Partner

Finally, you should work with IT professionals who can assess your current privacy and data security strategy and recommend new safeguards. By discussing your unique goals and limitations with an IT partner like Computer Services Unlimited, Inc., you will end up with excellent technology that improves and protects your business. Contact Kevin Spargo for a free assessment at (410) 484-7380 ext.108 or kspargo@csu-md.com.

 

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