Wheaton College is committed to the confidentiality and security of records and information.
Why is Information Security important?
What is Confidential Information?
Confidential information can be in any format including paper, electronic, and email and on any type of hardware (computers, phones, and other portable devices). Any one of the following is considered confidential information:
- Personal Information (pdf)
- Social Security number
- Drivers License number
- State/Federal ID card number
- Passport number
- Financial account numbers (checking, savings, brokerage, CD…)
- Credit Card number
- Date of birth
- Student information not included in the Wheaton College Directory
- Health Information
- Health Status
- Healthcare Treatment
- Healthcare Payment
What can I do to protect my information and records?
Take some tutorials and view some presentations
- Federal Trade Commission’s: Protecting Personal Information
- Confidentiality and Security: Why Should I Care…about my personal information (All Staff Meeting, October 14, 2008)
Tips for protecting records and information at work and away from work:
- Learn the best practices for securing your technology equipment and data.
- Lock file cabinets, desk drawers, and offices when no one is present.
- Shut computers off when not in use so that they cannot be accessed casually.
- Guard the display of information so that it cannot be viewed casually.
- Maintain the security of information in electronic form or physical form when it is not on campus due to working at home or transporting to and from work.
- Destroy records (both paper and electronic) in a confidential manner.
What are the Federal and State Security and Confidentiality Laws and Regulations?
- Personal Information and Records: Massachusetts Data and Information Security Law (pdf), Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA)
- Finance Records: Red Flag Identity Theft Prevention Program(pdf)
- Student Records: Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
- Health Records: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA)