What is PII compliance?
PII compliance, or personally identifiable information compliance, is the adherence to laws and regulations that govern the collection, storage, use, and disclosure of personally identifiable information (PII). PII is any data that can be used to identify an individual, such as name, address, phone number, Social Security number, credit card number, email address, and online identifiers like cookies.
Organizations that collect or process PII are required to comply with the relevant regulations in their jurisdiction to protect user data from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure.
There are many different PII compliance regulations in place around the world, e.g.
- General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the European Union
- California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) in the United States
- Lei Geral de Proteção de Dados (LGPD) in Brazil
- Federal Act on Data Protection (FADP) in Switzerland
- Quebec Law 25 in Canada
Here are some tips for improving PII compliance:
- Identify all PII
- Conduct regular risk assessments
- Create PII privacy policies
- Implement strong security measures
- Inform people about data use
- Obtain consent before collecting PII
- Respect data rights (access, information, deletion, correction)
- Have a data breach plan in place