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What Nonprofits Need to Know About Data Privacy

Posted Jun 18, 2018 09:35 AM
Recent coverage about political campaigns using data curated by Facebook has awakened your clients, donors, and volunteers to privacy issues. Take those headlines as a heads up to make sure you can secure the personal data you have.

Adding to that imperative are the new European Union General Data Protection Regulations. GDPR gives people more control over how their contact information and consumer preferences are used. NTEN explains how this affects US-based nonprofits. Since most companies and nonprofits have data about people who hold EU citizenship, you should be prepared to follow these new rules.

This topic can be overwhelming, so how do you get started? First, read “Nonprofit Guidelines for Cybersecurity and Privacy”developed by Microsoft Philanthropies. Second, craft a data privacy policy and make it available to the constituents whose data you store. Third, give people an easy way to “opt out” of receiving your communications. And last, protect your data from hackers by making sure your systems are secure.

501 Commons’ technology experts can talk with you about how we can secure your data and IT systems. Start a conversation with us today!