- how you collect personal information;
- how & when you use personal information;
- how you protect personal information;
- who has access to personal information; and
- how you dispose of personal information.
(3) you maintain the confidentiality of the SS number disclosed.
This and related privacy statutes are enforced by the Attorney General and its important that you take care in disposing of any sensitive data that you collect . . . infractions can be costly! Related Texas Laws for Safeguarding Customer Records and Identity theft can be found in Business and Commerce Code Chapter 521 (I’ll cover record retention and destruction issues in a future post). It is also important to note that the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act requires companies to operate in accordance with their published policies. And that Texas recognizes a common-law action for invasion of privacy, which includes “an intentional intrusion, physically or otherwise, upon the solitude, seclusion, or private affairs of another, which would be highly offensive to an [sic] reasonable person.” See Valenzuela v. Aquino, 853 S.W.2d 512, 513 (Tex. 1993).
You can find other states’ privacy policies through a simple web search. For example, check out California’s approach to regulating privacy matters here.