As the internet has become an integral part of our lives, the public demand for businesses and ecommerce to have written privacy policies has become essential. These notifications are now critically important standards in protecting individuals’ personal information. Internet hackers are increasingly sophisticated in breaking into personal information to use in heinous activities such as identity theft. As a result, businesses must be more transparent in their collection, use, and disposal of data.
Here are some examples of information that is considered personal to the extent that it can identify an individual:
Other data that may seem to be anonymous can also be classified as “personally identifiable information” when used in connection with another type of data that identifies an individual. For example, some types of IP addresses are legally protected personal information under privacy laws.
In the U.S., federal and state laws have provisions on data privacy. The FTC (Federal Trade Commission) regulates the protection of data for all consumers in the U.S. The following laws also have privacy protections:
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