Ecommerce is playing an ever-increasing role for companies operating within the U.S. and other advanced countries around the world. Doing business online, while expedient and convenient, is fraught with potential problems regarding data privacy. In the United States, Federal and state governments set laws, rules, and regulations with which all businesses that control or possess personal information must comply to protect sensitive data. Companies that do business in the EU are bound by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Along with implementing best standard practices to comply with legal requirements, companies must be able to assure their customers that they’re keeping their personal information from getting into the wrong hands. To do so, they must assess potential risks to their information security, implement privacy policies that are proactive in preventing breaches, and create a strategic plan to handle any incidents that do occur.
Companies doing business online are fighting an uphill battle with hackers who are constantly engineering ways to get around even the most advanced data security. Protecting the sensitive data the company maintains reduces the liability in the aftermath of a system breach. Customers need to be able to trust that the companies they do business with are doing everything possible to prevent their personal information from falling into the wrong hands.
Additionally, government agencies regularly update data privacy laws, which means as the owner of a company, it’s critical to stay abreast of the latest requirements. Retaining the services of a business law attorney who is knowledgeable about information security compliance can help businesses to adhere to legal mandates by implementing information security best practices.
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Since every locale is subject to state, federal and possibly international statutes, it’s important to work with an attorney who is familiar with the specific laws and regulations where your business is located.
Shawn Leo has experience dealing with data security policies in California, New York, New Jersey and the United States generally. Contact our office if you have questions regarding data protection or are interested in retaining the services of an attorney for data privacy and information security.