5 Tips for Franchises for Better Privacy Compliance

The franchisor-franchisee relationship involves several complexities in relation to collection and sharing of data. While the parent companies may follow certain measures to ensure compliance, they often fail to consider the risks arising from franchise operators. On the other hand, franchise operators assume they don’t have to employ privacy and security controls that are on par with that of a corporate entity.

Though comparatively smaller in scale, franchise operators do end up collecting and storing a considerable amount of consumer and employee information to manage their business operations. But the management and protection of this data is often left unconsidered. While the parent companies don’t get directly involved due to the fear of liability, it is important to understand how vulnerabilities arising from franchises could negatively impact the brand’s reputation and business.

Here are 5 points that franchise owners and operators need to consider for privacy compliance:

1. Seek legal and professional help: The intricacies around the numerous privacy laws could be difficult to understand and navigate around. Companies should consult with legal and privacy professionals to understand the potential risks and what measures to employ. The company’s privacy policy should be carefully drafted with these factors in mind to stay away from legal troubles. Franchise operators should seek consultation while setting up the business and ensure they are compliance-ready before beginning operations.