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You may not realize it, but regardless of how big your company is—from a one-person flower shop out of a garage to a five-person family-run dry cleaners—you are collecting Personally Identifiable Information (PII) every day. Generally speaking, this includes data that can help identify an individual and perhaps even get in touch with them. Examples are a form on your website where people can get in touch with you, asking for details such as name, phone number, and email address. Or information that they need to provide at the time they purchase your product or service–even something as simple as making an online payment on your site entails sharing their PII with you.
IMPACTS TO WASHINGTON STATE BUSINESSES
This means that while Washington is not currently on the list of states enforcing their own privacy laws, it soon will be. This means that your small business will be on the hook for bad practices, like offering noncompliant mobile forms on your website, improperly collecting data, or not giving customers the ability to have their PII data deleted from your records.
It can protect you in the court of law
It enhances your brand image and helps build trust
WE DO THIS EVERY DAY