Follow our privacy principles to keep private information safe and secure.
Identity theft costs businesses and individuals $53 billion a year. The emotional stress of identity theft wreaks havoc in the work and personal lives of victims. Displaced anger and frustration over identity theft causes stress in the family lives of 40% of victims. And workplace morale and trust suffers as well because 70% of all identity theft cases are perpetrated by a coworker or employee of an affiliated business.
How can we protect against the ravages of identity theft? It’s easier than you think. By following five privacy principles and complying with our organization’s policies, you can help our organization prevent identify theft and ensure customer and employee trust and loyalty.
Give Notice: Clearly explain to our customers and employees about the personal information we collect: how we use it, with whom we share it, and how we safeguard it. Giving notice supports our commitment to transparency, providing our customers and employees with a basis for their informed consent.
Offer Choice: Empower customers and employees to control how our organization uses and shares their personal information. Familiarize yourself with the choices that we offer to our customers so that you are prepared to answer questions.
Provide Access: Offer ways for individuals to review their personal information to correct, amend, and even deactivate its use. Learn our customer access procedures so that you can assist customers who need help accessing, updating, and controlling their information.
Act with Security in Mind: Take reasonable precautions to protect personal information from loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction. Use strong passwords, properly handle electronic and printed information, and follow our policies for using personal and business confidential information.
Ensure Data Integrity: Maintain accurate personal information. For information about updating and correcting data, refer to our policies on ensuring data integrity.
Following these principles will ensure that you can act appropriately, and keep our customers and employees informed and their information safe and secure. For additional information on each principle, consult our organization’s policies and procedures.