Data Protection

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We’ve seen that protecting our personal data can be an overwhelming task. As many of us are busy, are we able to protect our data? If we are not able to protect our data, and data protection is left to the market, will data protection be possible only for the rich? Personal data protection is not impossible. However, it can be a very overwhelming task. A variety of tools and protocols implemented both online and offline can offer valuable methods of data protection at different levels. Shielding your personal data has the capacity to be executed not only logically, but also securely and with minimum expense. . There are many ways in which one can secure personal data offline. One common method is to physically lock-up personal documents, financial records, and other valuables in safety deposit boxes in a bank vault, a personal safe , or in a locked draw at home or work. While the security offered by banks may be the preferred source for protecting irreplaceable and expensive items, for example, family heirloom jewellery or stocks and bonds, it may not always offer the quick access required for everyday or regularly referred to documents like one’s social security card or home mortgage contracts. Also, you can leave you social security card locked up in a safe and also have limit information when going out (FTC 2012). Exempting sections of application or questionnaire forms that require information not pertain to the respective business or personal transaction is one crucial method for securing protecting your personal information. The solicitation of unnecessary information is a common practice when applying for membership cards to retail stores, or filling out surveys by organisations in your community. A growing phenomenon is the theft of social security numbers issued to children. This can go undetected for years by both parents and creditors. It is usually only noticed when the perpetrators accumulate a high amount of debt in the child’s name and the...
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