The term «personal business» is used to refer to tasks or activities that a person or company handles on their own, like managing finances, handling household chores, or keeping appointments. It could also be a reference to setting up and running an enterprise of a small size based on your skills, interests and experience as a sole proprietor or an individual.

While privacy laws regarding data differ between states and countries, most have similar definitions of what constitutes personal information. Personal data is defined in the CCPA the Connecticut law and other laws as any data that can be reasonably tied to an identifiable person other than data that is de-identified or is publicly available. The CCPA also contains a separate category for sensitive personal data that is more secure than other types of data.

It’s essential to know where and how much data your organization holds. The best method to accomplish this is to conduct a full inventory of all documents, files and folders, as well storage devices. This should include file cabinets, desktops and laptops, as well as mobile devices flash drives, disks and digital copiers. Don’t forget to look for the locations where sensitive information could be stored outside of your office. This includes homes of employees as well as their work-from-home computers.

Sensitive PII should be secured in the transit phase and in rest. It should only be kept the time necessary for business purposes. This includes biometrics, medical data that is covered under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act(HIPAA) Unique identifiers like passport or Social Security Numbers and employee records of personnel.