Board members, individuals or non-profit organizations may suffer consequences if a board member or employee violates confidentiality, whether it happened without knowing it or not. The direct consequences may vary depending on the circumstances of the offence. The first step in drafting a privacy directive is to determine why the House needs it. The next section should indicate who the directive applies to, to which board members, staff members, non-board members, the advisory board and others may belong. A privacy directive should define matters considered confidential. Because non-profitable organizations vary widely in their missions and activities, this content is unique to the organization. Boards of directors should also state in writing that board members wish or must obtain permission to share confidential information. Confidentiality is one of the fiduciary functions of each member of the Board of Directors. It will be easier for board members to assume this responsibility if they have a formal, written policy that they can rely on. During their board of directors, board members may have access to personal or sensitive information about their members and colleagues on the board of directors.
The directive should be enshrined in the statutes and included in all copies of the board`s manuals. The directive should contain a statement relating to directors` duty of professional secrecy and state that they cannot disclose, discuss or use confidential information about the organization`s affairs with another person or institution, or use it for their own purposes, unless authorized by the Board of Directors. This section should not contain explanations to the media or the public without prior authorization from the Board of Directors. Board members generally have a large network of voters, network members or others to whom they have shown some loyalty. While this is a good thing, the fact that a member of the Board of Directors shares the information he has obtained in the course of their employment or position or when board members rework issues outside the meeting time already decided by the board of directors