Personal business is a term used to refer to tasks or activities that are handled by a person, company, or an individual on their own. Examples include managing finances and household chores, or keeping appointments. It could also mean the creation and management of a business that is based on the skills and interests as a sole proprietor.

While privacy laws regarding data vary from countries to countries and states to state but they all share the same definitions for what constitutes personal data. Personal data is defined in the CCPA the Connecticut law and other laws as any information that can be reasonably tied to an identifiable person, except for data that is de-identified or information available publicly. The CCPA also contains a separate category for sensitive personal information that requires greater protection than any other type of data.

It is important to know how much information is stored in your business and where it’s stored. The best method for doing this is to take an exhaustive inventory of all documents, files and folders, as well storage devices. This should include all desktops, file cabinets, laptops, mobile devices as well as flash drives, disks and digital copiers. Additionally, don’t forget to look for places where sensitive data could be stored outside of your office, for example, the homes of employees or work-from-home computers, as well as other devices.

PII that is considered to be sensitive must be encrypted during transport and when at rest, and only for as long as it is required for business purposes. This includes biometrics, medical information covered under the Health Insurance Accountability and Portability Act(HIPAA) Unique identifiers like passport or Social Security Numbers and employee records of personnel.

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