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California Privacy Laws

Every year, over 1 million people in California become victims of identity theft – or nearly a quarter of the city of Los Angeles. Unfortunately, this is one of the fastest growing crimes in the State with no end in sight. Most of the time, identity theft is completely preventable and could be avoided by proper destruction of documents, files or hard drives.

Our California State lawmakers have recognized the urgent need to protect its citizens and since the mid 1970’s have implemented several laws and acts to do so. The goal is to ensure that every government office, business or healthcare facility follows these laws to protect the private information of the people who utilize their services. Those who don’t will be subjected to huge fines and penalties.

In short, it is your obligation as a business owner to protect your customers and employees private information. The rest of this article will explain several privacy acts, both state and federal, that must be complied with.

Important Compliance Information

 

  • Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA)

    FACTA is the Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act. It is a federal law that applies to every business in California and it was made to eliminate the risk of fraud as well as identity theft. Any company that improperly disposes of confidential information can face some extremely hefty fines of up to $2500 per file.

    Legislation addressing secure information disposal requirements, ID theft and access to credit reports. Proper disposal of these reports and records are required to protect against unauthorized access to or use of the information.

    To learn more, visit this link: http://www.nclc.org/issues/credit-reports.html

  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

    HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Every hospital, clinic or dental office that stores confidential information of patients must comply with this act. This helps to keep the patient records safe and confidential during storage periods and after it has been destroyed.

    Federal protections for the security and privacy of personal health information, including insurance plans, electronic healthcare transactions and identifiers. Read the destruction and handling requirements to maintain government compliance for employers, providers and health plans.

    To learn more, visit this link: http://www.cms.hhs.gov/HIPAAGenInfo/

  • Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA)

    The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLB) is mostly designed for financial institutions in California but it also applies to any business that handles customer information. The goal of this act is to protect the financial information of customers, and penalize any business or bank that fails to do so.

    Mandatory compliance to protect information from foreseeable threats in security and data integrity. All financial institutions are required design, implement and maintain safeguards to protect customer information.

    To learn more, visit this link: http://www.business.ftc.gov/privacy-and-security/gramm-leach-bliley-act

  • Sarbanes Oxley Forum

    An interactive community for exchanging information about Sarbanes-Oxley (The Corporate and Auditing Accountability and Responsibility Act), offering useful resources and tips. Discover the best ways to meet these government requirements in today’s economy.

    To learn more, visit this link: http://www.sarbanes-oxley-forum.com/

  • Economic Espionage Act (EEA)

    An act of Congress making misappropriation of trade secrets a federal crime. Read the provisions that make this new law a critical part of your disposal process.

    To learn more, visit this link: http://www.economicespionage.com/EEA.html

  • Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA)

    FERPA is the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and it was created to protect the private information of students attending schools in the State of California. Any educational institution that receives funding from the Department of Education must be in compliance with this act. This is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.

    To learn more, visit this link: http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html

  • California Senate Bill 1386

    Requiring an agency, person or business that owns or licenses computerized personal information to disclose any breach of security. Learn more about the rules applying to printed Social Security numbers, employee IDs, bank statements and other identifying documents.

    To learn more, visit this link: http://library.findlaw.com/2003/Sep/30/133060.html

  • California Online Privacy Protection Act of 2003

    COPPA is the California Online Privacy Protection Act of 2003. This act was created for operators of commercial websites that collect confidential data of individuals who use their services. Because California is synonymous with Silicone Valley, lawmakers realized the huge need to protect Internet user information. Most of this data is stored on servers or computer hard drives. This act is another reason why it is extremely important to shred all of your old hard drives, especially if you collect client information online. SafeSHRED can be your hard drive shedding provider in Los Angeles.

    To learn more, visit this link: http://www.nclc.org/issues/credit-reports.html

  • The Privacy Act of 1974

    The Privacy Act of 1974 was created specifically for any government institution in California that stores confidential information of any business or person. These records must be securely stored and when the time comes, shredded in compliance with this act.

    To learn more, visit this link: http://www.ftc.gov/foia/privacy_act.shtm

  • California “Shine the Light” Law

    California “Shine the Light” Law became part of the California Civil Code in 2005 and the purpose is to protect the confidential information of any resident who has shared private data with a business. This Law applies to any business that hopes to share customer data with other companies. This data becomes the responsibility of any business who ‘owns’ it and requires them to properly store and dispose of this information.

    To learn more, visit this link: http://epic.org/privacy/profiling/sb27.html

Useful Links

  • The National Association for Information Destruction (NAID)

    NAID establishes industry standards for the secure destruction of paper or printed media, micro media, computer hard drives or hard drive sanitation. As AAA-certified NAID members, SAFESHRED not only meets but exceeds all NAID standards.

  • Better Business Bureau (BBB)

    Providing information on business reliability, fraud alerts, ethical business practices and intermediary services.

  • Commerce Industrial Council

    The official Chamber of Commerce website for the City of Commerce. SAFESHRED is a proud member of the Commerce business community.

Identity Theft Resources

Our Partners

 

FACTAHIPAA

NAID AAANAID

Box Brothers

Industrial Council

BBB Accredited Business

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California Privacy Laws

Every year, over 1 million people in California become victims of identity theft – or nearly a quarter of the city of Los Angeles. Unfortunately, this is one of the fastest growing crimes in the State with no end in sight. Most of the time, identity theft is completely preventable and could be avoided by proper destruction of documents, files or hard drives.

Our California State lawmakers have recognized the urgent need to protect its citizens and since the mid 1970’s have implemented several laws and acts to do so. The goal is to ensure that every government office, business or healthcare facility follows these laws to protect the private information of the people who utilize their services. Those who don’t will be subjected to huge fines and penalties.

In short, it is your obligation as a business owner to protect your customers and employees private information. The rest of this article will explain several privacy acts, both state and federal, that must be complied with.

Important Compliance Information

 

  • Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA)

    FACTA is the Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act. It is a federal law that applies to every business in California and it was made to eliminate the risk of fraud as well as identity theft. Any company that improperly disposes of confidential information can face some extremely hefty fines of up to $2500 per file.

    Legislation addressing secure information disposal requirements, ID theft and access to credit reports. Proper disposal of these reports and records are required to protect against unauthorized access to or use of the information.

    To learn more, visit this link: http://www.nclc.org/issues/credit-reports.html

  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

    HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Every hospital, clinic or dental office that stores confidential information of patients must comply with this act. This helps to keep the patient records safe and confidential during storage periods and after it has been destroyed.

    Federal protections for the security and privacy of personal health information, including insurance plans, electronic healthcare transactions and identifiers. Read the destruction and handling requirements to maintain government compliance for employers, providers and health plans.

    To learn more, visit this link: http://www.cms.hhs.gov/HIPAAGenInfo/

  • Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA)

    The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLB) is mostly designed for financial institutions in California but it also applies to any business that handles customer information. The goal of this act is to protect the financial information of customers, and penalize any business or bank that fails to do so.

    Mandatory compliance to protect information from foreseeable threats in security and data integrity. All financial institutions are required design, implement and maintain safeguards to protect customer information.

    To learn more, visit this link: http://www.business.ftc.gov/privacy-and-security/gramm-leach-bliley-act

  • Sarbanes Oxley Forum

    An interactive community for exchanging information about Sarbanes-Oxley (The Corporate and Auditing Accountability and Responsibility Act), offering useful resources and tips. Discover the best ways to meet these government requirements in today’s economy.

    To learn more, visit this link: http://www.sarbanes-oxley-forum.com/

  • Economic Espionage Act (EEA)

    An act of Congress making misappropriation of trade secrets a federal crime. Read the provisions that make this new law a critical part of your disposal process.

    To learn more, visit this link: http://www.economicespionage.com/EEA.html

  • Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA)

    FERPA is the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and it was created to protect the private information of students attending schools in the State of California. Any educational institution that receives funding from the Department of Education must be in compliance with this act. This is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.

    To learn more, visit this link: http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html

  • California Senate Bill 1386

    Requiring an agency, person or business that owns or licenses computerized personal information to disclose any breach of security. Learn more about the rules applying to printed Social Security numbers, employee IDs, bank statements and other identifying documents.

    To learn more, visit this link: http://library.findlaw.com/2003/Sep/30/133060.html

  • California Online Privacy Protection Act of 2003

    COPPA is the California Online Privacy Protection Act of 2003. This act was created for operators of commercial websites that collect confidential data of individuals who use their services. Because California is synonymous with Silicone Valley, lawmakers realized the huge need to protect Internet user information. Most of this data is stored on servers or computer hard drives. This act is another reason why it is extremely important to shred all of your old hard drives, especially if you collect client information online. SafeSHRED can be your hard drive shedding provider in Los Angeles.

    To learn more, visit this link: http://www.nclc.org/issues/credit-reports.html

  • The Privacy Act of 1974

    The Privacy Act of 1974 was created specifically for any government institution in California that stores confidential information of any business or person. These records must be securely stored and when the time comes, shredded in compliance with this act.

    To learn more, visit this link: http://www.ftc.gov/foia/privacy_act.shtm

  • California “Shine the Light” Law

    California “Shine the Light” Law became part of the California Civil Code in 2005 and the purpose is to protect the confidential information of any resident who has shared private data with a business. This Law applies to any business that hopes to share customer data with other companies. This data becomes the responsibility of any business who ‘owns’ it and requires them to properly store and dispose of this information.

    To learn more, visit this link: http://epic.org/privacy/profiling/sb27.html

Useful Links

  • The National Association for Information Destruction (NAID)

    NAID establishes industry standards for the secure destruction of paper or printed media, micro media, computer hard drives or hard drive sanitation. As AAA-certified NAID members, SAFESHRED not only meets but exceeds all NAID standards.

  • Better Business Bureau (BBB)

    Providing information on business reliability, fraud alerts, ethical business practices and intermediary services.

  • Commerce Industrial Council

    The official Chamber of Commerce website for the City of Commerce. SAFESHRED is a proud member of the Commerce business community.

Identity Theft Resources

Our Partners

 

FACTAHIPAA

NAID AAANAID

Box Brothers

Industrial Council

BBB Accredited Business

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