Personally Identifiable Information Policy
It is the policy of Applied Companies to protect personally identifiable information (PII) of employees, service members, contractors, vendors and clients. The electronic restrictions and safeguards outlined in this policy provide guidance for employees, service members, contractors, vendors and clients that have access to PII retained by the Applied Companies to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations.
- Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is any information pertaining to an individual that can be used to distinguish or trace a person’s identity. Some information that is considered PII is available in public sources such as telephone books, public websites, etc. This type of information is considered to be Public PII and includes:
- First and Last name
- Work telephone number
- Work e-mail address
- Home telephone number
- General educational credentials
- Photos and video
In contrast, Protected PII is defined as any one or more of types of information including, but not limited to:
- Social security number
- Username and password
- Passport number
- Credit card number
- Banking information
- Data and place of birth
- Mother’s maiden name
- Criminal, medical and financial records
- Educational transcripts
- Photos and video including any of the above
This section provides guidelines on how to maintain and discard PII. If current procedures fall outside this policy or questions arise please contact [email protected] to suggest more efficient procedures for protecting PII. All electronic files that contain Protected PII will reside within a protected information system location. All physical files that contain Protected PII will reside within a locked file cabinet or room when not being actively viewed or modified. Protected PII is not to be downloaded to personal or organization owned employee, service member, volunteer, or contractor workstations or mobile devices (such as laptops, personal digital assistants, mobile phones, tablets or removable media). PII will also not be sent through any form of insecure electronic communication E.g. Online Form, E-mail or instant messaging systems. Significant security risks emerge when PII is transferred from a secure location to a less secure location or is disposed of improperly. When disposing of PII the physical or electronic file should be shredded or securely deleted.
[email protected] must be informed of a real or suspected disclosure of Protected PII data within 24 hours after discovery. E.g. Misplacing a paper report, loss of a laptop, mobile device, or removable media containing PII, accidental email of PII, possible virus, or malware infection or a computer containing PII.
Periodic audits of organization owned equipment and physical locations may be performed to ensure that protected PII is stored in approved information systems or locations. The purpose of the audit is to ensure compliance with this policy and to provide information necessary to continuously improve practices.
An employee, service member, contractor or vendor found to be in violation of this policy may be subject to disciplinary action as deemed appropriate based on the facts and circumstances giving rise to the violation.
Records containing personal data are to be disposed of to prevent inadvertent compromise of data. Paper records are disposed of by shredding or other method approved of by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The disposal method will render all personal data unrecognizable and beyond reconstruction.