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Consumer Data Protection & Cybersecurity

June 17, 10:00 am EDT - June 18, 3:00 pm EDT

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As community-based organizations fight to improve the lives of some of our nation’s most vulnerable populations, an unfortunate data breach may undermine the financial stability of the very people they have committed to serve, while exposing the organization to reputational harm and potential lawsuits. Over the past year, the importance of data protection and cybersecurity could not be understated as organizations across the country moved most of their operations and consumer services online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Housing agencies of all sizes are repositories of sensitive personally identifiable information (or “PII”). Inadequate data protection practices and poor cyber hygiene increases the risk of a data breach that exposes this sensitive data to risk of theft by cybercriminals. Whether the data is on paper or on a laptop, protection of this data is not only good practice, in some states it’s also the law. And if an organization suffers a data breach, all 50 states require affected individuals be notified, and in some cases the State Attorney General. Furthermore, a data breach may expose an organization to lawsuits and regulatory fines.

In a day when online data breaches and cyber-crime are rising, solid data protection practices are an operational necessity. Data protection involves protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the PII under your organization’s control and respecting the privacy of the individuals to whom that PII belongs. This aim is achieved by applying administrative, technical and physical safeguards to address the risks to the privacy and security of the PII under your organization’s control.

This two-day training will cover the legal and operational risks community-based organizations face in handling consumer data and provide insights on how to mitigate those risks and protect consumer data.

If you have any questions, contact: training@ncrc.org.

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June 17, 10:00 am EDT
June 18, 3:00 pm EDT
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Redlining and Neighborhood Health

Before the pandemic devastated minority communities, banks and government officials starved them of capital.

Lower-income and minority neighborhoods that were intentionally cut off from lending and investment decades ago today suffer not only from reduced wealth and greater poverty, but from lower life expectancy and higher prevalence of chronic diseases that are risk factors for poor outcomes from COVID-19, a new study shows.

The new study, from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) with researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, compared 1930’s maps of government-sanctioned lending discrimination zones with current census and public health data.

Table of Content

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Redlining, the HOLC Maps and Segregation
  • Segregation, Public Health and COVID-19
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion and Policy Recommendations
  • Citations
  • Appendix

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