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Is PII My Problem?

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In a word, yes. There is no magic wand that some IT guru at Penn can wave in order to make sure that sensitive data is kept secure on every computer and in every desk. It is up to each individual who works at Penn and performs critical university functions related to this data to ensure that they are following best practices and complying with university policy.

The Social Security Number Policy, in particular, explicitly holds every individual staff and faculty member responsible for compliance.

Even though PII is your responsibility, you don't have to address it on your own. Your LSP is a great resource who can help you assess your data-handling or data-storage practices, and make recommendations about the best way to deal with it securely.