Information handling practices
The process of identifying and categorizing information practices should be transparent and easy to understand. In many cases, the information practices of a site can be expressed through a few icons. These icons should be clearly distinguishable. However, a small number of categories may not adequately encode the practices of the organization. For example, a site may only collect names, contact information, and transactional data, instead of collecting sensitive personal information.
Information handling practices may also involve a company’s ability to collect information from its users without their consent. Automated information collection and computerized databases make it easier for companies to gather information about their customers. This makes people more vulnerable to inappropriate uses of their information. Some companies use information collection techniques to prevent such misuses.