PRIV- 10 Data Sale Prevention

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What is this control about?

Implementing the control ‘Data Sale Prevention’ is crucial for safeguarding individuals’ privacy and data security. In today’s digital age, personal data has become a valuable commodity, and there is a growing concern about its misuse and unauthorized access by third parties. This control aims to prevent the unauthorized sale or sharing of personal data, ensuring that sensitive information remains protected and not exploited for commercial gain without the consent of the individuals involved.

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Control implementation

Here are some guidelines to implement a Data Sale Prevention program:

  • Data Retention Policies: Establish clear data retention policies to ensure that data is not stored for longer than necessary. Properly dispose of data that is no longer required, reducing the risk of unauthorized access or sale.
  • Data Inventory and Classification: Conduct a thorough data inventory to identify and classify all sensitive data within the organization. Categorize data based on its sensitivity level, such as personal identifiable information (PII), financial data, intellectual property, etc.
  • Data Access Controls: Implement strong access controls to limit data access only to authorized personnel. Use role-based access control (RBAC) or attribute-based access control (ABAC) to ensure that users can only access data relevant to their job roles.
  • Data Leakage Prevention (DLP) Solutions: Deploy Data Leakage Prevention tools to monitor and prevent the unauthorized transfer or transmission of sensitive data. DLP solutions can detect and block attempts to send sensitive data through various channels, including email, cloud storage, or USB drives.
  • Data Usage Monitoring: Implement data usage monitoring tools to track how sensitive data is being accessed and used within the organization. This allows real-time detection of suspicious activities or unusual data access patterns.
  • Data Encryption: Encrypt sensitive data both at rest and during transit. Use robust encryption algorithms to protect data from unauthorized access even if it is stolen or intercepted.
  • Vendor Management: Conduct thorough assessments of third-party vendors’ data protection practices if they have access to sensitive information. Ensure vendors comply with data protection standards and sign agreements to prevent unauthorized sale or disclosure of data.
  • Employee Training and Awareness: Conduct regular data security awareness training for employees to educate them about the risks associated with selling or disclosing sensitive data. Reinforce the importance of data protection and the severe consequences of non-compliance.

What evidence do auditors look for?

Most auditors, at a minimum, are looking for the below-suggested action:

  • Data Retention policy

Evidence example

For the suggested action, an example is provided below:

  • Data Retention policy

Use the Data Retention policy available within TrustCloud.

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