March 28, 2006, 12:00 AM

New data protection educational program targets small retailers

Small online retailers looking for guidance on protecting confidential information in their databases will find help in a new education initiative sponsored by the Council of Better Business Bureaus and Privacy & American Business.

 

Small online retailers looking for guidance on protecting confidential information in their databases will be able to find help in a new education initiative sponsored by the Council of Better Business Bureaus and Privacy & American Business.

The program, entitled “Security & Privacy-Made Simpler,” includes free, easy-to-read security and privacy toolkits, with separate kits focused on customer and employee data protection. The program will feature a downloadable webinar featuring key topic experts, plus ongoing updates about new security and privacy developments that affect small businesses.

“Small business owners are focused on running their businesses, but all it takes is one data breach to damage customer relationships and impact their bottom lines,” said Alan Westin, founder of Privacy & American Business. “Our initiative encourages small retailers to take ownership of their responsibilities, to develop a privacy and security policy, and implement an action plan that makes privacy and data protection an integral part of their everyday business operations.”

Information on the program-which is supported by eBay, PayPal, Visa USA, and other companies-can be found at the Better Business Bureau web site.

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