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In this Internet age, privacy issues are at the forefront of people's minds. Laws are being developed to respond to abuses such as identity theft, selling financial information to outsiders, sharing information with subsidiaries and partners, and using information for mass marketing.

Forms to use  Non-Disclosure Agreement
 
Existing privacy laws  According to the publication Compilation of State and Federal Privacy Laws there are 700 state and federal privacy laws, in the following areas:
  • Arrest and Conviction Records
  • Bank and Financial Records
  • Cable Television
  • Computer Crime
  • Credit Reporting and Investigations (including ‘Credit Repair,'‘Credit Clinics,' Check-Cashing, and Credit Cards)
  • Criminal Justice Information Systems
  • Electronic Surveillance (including Wiretapping, Telephone Monitoring, and Video Cameras)
  • Employment Records
  • Government Information on Individuals
  • Identity Theft
  • Insurance Records (including use of Genetic Information)
  • Library Records
  • Mailing Lists (including Video Rentals and 'Spam')
  • Medical Records (including HIV Testing)
  • Miscellaneous (including Non-Electronic Visual Surveillance and Breast-Feeding)
  • Polygraphing in Employment (including Honesty Tests)
  • Privacy Statutes/State Constitutions (including the Right to Publicity)
  • Privileged Communications
  • Social Security Numbers
  • Student Records
  • Tax Records
  • Telephone Services (including Telephone Solicitation and Caller ID)
  • Testing in Employment (including Urinalysis, Genetic, and Blood Tests)
If your business involves any of these areas, we suggest that you consult with an attorney or purchase this guide. For information, visit http://www.privacyjournal.net/works.htm. This guide may also be available at your county law library.
 
Protect customer and employee privacy Businesses are beginning to be held responsible for identity theft of customer and employee information. It is critical that you take three steps:

  1. Make sure that your customers' and employees' private information is stored and secure. Do not leave credit card, social security numbers, addresses, or other IDs available for anyone to view (employee, customer or bystander).
  2. When you are done with the information, shred it.
  3. When you discard or donate your computer, delete all information first (reformat the computer so everything is wiped clean)
 
Non-disclosure statement  Many small businesses use non-disclosure statements to protect their ideas and products. We have included a sample non-disclosure statement in this kit.