Protect your Personal or Employee’s Immigration Data

September 29, 2010 Patty Johnson-Vazquez

It is difficult to imagine an activity that involves disclosing more personal information to more people than applying for a visa. Your recent addresses, employment history, financial compensation, social security number and dependent names are just some examples of information certain visas require.  While the visa application process requires this information, corporations and individuals are becoming increasingly sensitive to employee’s privacy concerns and liability from breaches of data security.

What can you do to protect your employee’s personal data?  Most importantly, understand what information is being requested and why.  Then only provide that information.  Too often immigration service providers request more information than needed.  By understanding what and why something is needed, you reduce the risk of providing and entrusting the information unnecessarily.  Avoid communicating sensitive data and documents insecurely through methods like e-mail and ensure that data and documents are transmitted securely.  Most importantly, work with immigration service providers who are committed to securing your physical documents and electronic information in accordance with best practices in data security.  Verify their claims by asking who has access to your information, how that information is restricted and how long it is affiliated.

Envoy practices good data security by using a multi-faceted encryption approach for authorization and authentication of customers and encrypting all data at-rest and in transit. Learn more about Envoy’s security features.


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