Lunch & Learn: Why does data privacy matter?

Tuesday, March 5th 12:15 – 1:15
Free to attend – in collaboration with the Southern Berkshire Chamber


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Personal data is the lifeblood of many organizations. Nonprofits collect such data from donors, volunteers, staff, and the people they serve. Similarly, small businesses collect personal data from their customers, employees, and more. Personally identifiable information isn’t limited to social security numbers and credit card information. Names, addresses, e-mails, and phone numbers can all qualify. Most organizations think their main vulnerability is from hackers, but the truth is that data misuse and improper access management is just as risky (if not riskier).


We will walk through privacy risk management for nonprofits and small businesses; not simply from a legal perspective (i.e., “What do I have to do?”), but from the perspective of an organization that truly cares about protecting the people and the places they serve (i.e., “What should I do?”). You’ll learn what is considered personally identifiable information (spoiler alert: it depends!), how to think about privacy risk, how existing and upcoming privacy legislation could affect you, and steps to take if you’re interested in learning more about your organization’s data privacy risk.


Michelle Maslin is a Privacy Risk Compliance Analyst at Good Research, a data privacy and security consulting firm.


Michelle has over 10 years of experience working with various Fortune 100 companies in a broad range of capacities: internal audit, corporate risk and compliance, data analysis, software and application testing, process optimization, program management, and a comprehensive range of accounting services. She is passionate about data privacy and helping companies identify areas of risk unique to their operations, in order to design sustainable processes that function efficiently and effectively for their specific needs.


Michelle has earned a Master of Accountancy (MAcc) and B.S. in Information Systems from the University of Missouri, Saint Louis. She welcomes any privacy questions! Please send to: michelle.maslin@goodresearch.com