Data Privacy Day is a global effort — taking place annually on Jan. 28 — that generates awareness about the importance of privacy, highlights easy ways to protect personal information and reminds organizations that privacy is good for business.
Data Privacy Day began in the United States and Canada in January, 2008 as an extension of the Data Protection Day celebration in Europe. Data Protection Day commemorates the Jan. 28, 1981, signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection. Data Privacy Day is observed annually on Jan. 28. On Jan. 27, 2014, the 113th U.S. Congress adopted S. Res. 337, a non-binding resolution expressing support for the designation of Jan. 28 as “National Data Privacy Day.”
The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) officially leads the Data Privacy Day campaign and is advised by a distinguished advisory committee of privacy professionals to help the campaign align with the most current privacy issues in a thoughtful and meaningful way.
Data Privacy Day is the signature event in a greater privacy awareness and education effort. Year-round, NCSA educates consumers on how they can own their online presence and shows organizations how privacy is good for business. NCSA’s privacy awareness campaign is an integral component of STOP. THINK. CONNECT. ™ the global online safety, security and privacy campaign.
Millions of people are unaware of and uninformed about how their personal information is being used, collected or shared in our digital society. Data Privacy Day aims to inspire dialogue and empower individuals and companies to take action.
“In recent years, we’ve seen the impact of more global awareness surrounding the abuse of consumer data, thanks to sweeping privacy measures like GDPR and CPRA,” said Kelvin Coleman, Executive Director, NCSA. “And while legislative backing is key to reinforcing accountability for poor data privacy practices, one major goal of Data Privacy Day is to build awareness among businesses about the benefits of an ethical approach to data privacy measures separate from legal boundaries.”
This Year’s Theme:
This year, Data Privacy Day will spotlight the value of information. Whether you’re an individual looking to better manage your privacy and how your data is collected and shared, or a business collecting, using and storing that information, remember: Personal information is like money. Value it. Protect it.
CSIAC proudly joins the NCSA and numerous of other organizations in celebrating Data Privacy Day. CSIAC acknowledges the Internet touches all aspects of everyone’s daily life and we understand there are many unknown variables on how to stay safe and secure online.
CSIAC registered as a Data Privacy Day Champion and is excited to announce we are launching a series of resources during January to help raise privacy awareness. During January, you will have the chance to participate in and receive a variety of resources to help you better understand data privacy and the simple steps you can take to protect yourself, your family and your organization. CSIAC’s goal is to enable you to make the most of today’s technology in a safer and more secure environment.
If you have any questions about our activities in January or suggestions on how to improve our cyber security resources, please submit your feedback here on this page. We will be happy to hear from you.
CSIAC Encourages You to Get Involved:
You can help create a global community that respects privacy, safeguards data, and enables trust. You can help teach others about privacy at home, at work, and in your community.
- Personal info is like money: Value it. Protect it. Personal information, such as your purchase history, IP address, or location, has tremendous value to businesses – just like money. Make informed decisions about whether or not to share your data with certain businesses by considering the amount of personal information they are asking for, and weighing it against the benefits you may receive in return.
- Keep tabs on your apps. Many apps ask for access to personal information, such as your geographic location, contacts list and photo album, before you can use their services. Be thoughtful about who gets that information, and wary of apps that require access to information that is not required or relevant for the services they are offering. Delete unused apps on your internet-connect devices and keep others secure by performing updates.
- Manage your privacy settings. Check the privacy and security settings on web services and apps and set them to your comfort level for information sharing. Each device, application or browser you use will have different features to limit how and with whom you share information. Get started with NCSA’s Manage Your Privacy Settings page.
- If you collect it, protect it. Data breaches can not only lead to great financial loss, but a loss in reputation and customer trust. Follow reasonable security measures to keep individuals’ personal information safe from inappropriate and unauthorized access. Make sure the personal data you collect is processed in a fair manner and only collected for relevant and legitimate purposes.
- Consider adopting a privacy framework. Build privacy into your business by researching and adopting a privacy framework to help you manage risk and create a culture of privacy in your organization.
- Conduct an assessment of your data collection practices. Understand which privacy laws and regulations apply to your business. Educate your employees of their and your organization’s obligations to protecting personal information.
- Transparency builds trust. Be open and honest about how you collect, use and share consumers’ personal information. Think about how the consumer may expect their data to be used and design settings to protect their information by default. Communicate clearly and concisely to the public what privacy means to your organization and the steps you take to achieve and maintain privacy.
- Maintain oversight of partners and vendors. If someone provides services on your behalf, you are also responsible for how they collect and use your consumers’ personal information.
In Your Community
Share your privacy based knowledge by volunteering in a local school, senior care facility or faith-based organization. Use free resources below to help you spread the word.
Data Privacy Day Resources:
Privacy is good for business: Create a culture of privacy at work by teaching all employees what privacy means to your organization and the role they have in making sure privacy is achieved and maintained. Check out the resources here to learn more.
Own your online presence: Talk to your family and friends about protecting personal information and how to stay safe online. Here are some Privacy Resources for Consumers.
Learn about the “Internet of Me:” The Internet of Things – the increasingly connected world in which we live – is rapidly expanding. We love our convenient and fun devices – like personal assistants, wearables, speakers, cameras, TVs, cars, home alarm systems, toys and appliances. But it’s important to understand that connected devices rely on information about us – such as our behaviors and preferences – forming an “Internet of Me” rather than just an Internet of Things.
Share your privacy knowledge: Participate in CSIAC Discussions on Data Privacy with your fellow community members. This short video will show you how to participate in the CSIAC forum. Here is a list of topics:
CSIAC is releasing a new data privacy podcast on Jan. 28 titled “Privacy Impact Assessment: The Foundation for Managing Privacy Risk.” More details to follow!