The world is more connected than ever, thanks in large part to amazing developments in broadband internet, communication devices such as mobile phones, and computers. And whilst this presents many wonderful opportunities for business owners – including working from home, cheap or free marketing options and new and more efficient business tools – it also presents some risks regarding privacy.

Keeping yourself safe when using digital technologies should be one of your number one priorities when operating your business online. This applies to keeping your personal and business information safe, and protecting your business from attacks that would stop you from being able to operate effectively. In the legal sense of the world, personal information refers to any information that can allow a person to be identified from that information. When dealing with your customers, personal information is just that – information that should be kept personal between you and the customer.

There are several areas in which you can maintain your privacy online – your personal use, your business use, and your customers use. All of the parties involved have a legal right to privacy, and it’s your responsibility under state and federal laws to uphold that right for them. In doing so, you’ll also put in place practices that help safeguard your personal privacy online, to help you keep your business information secure.

In this topic, we will discuss the legal requirements businesses have to protecting their customers online, and the ways in which businesses can also protect their personal and business identities online. We will discuss relevant laws and practices to help you maintain privacy standards, as well as provide you with a ten step guide for what to do if your privacy is breached.

In this topic, we discuss the ways in which you can safely protect yourself and your customers from online hoaxes and scams. For more information on how to protect yourself and your business data from hacks and attacks, visit the Internet Security topic.

 
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