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Today is Data Privacy Day!

January 28 is Data Privacy Day (DPD), aimed at raising awareness about online privacy issues and educating people about how to protect their privacy.

It is run by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), a non-profit US-based foundation that works public private partnership with the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS),  private sector sponsors (founding sponsors included Symantec, Cisco Systems, Microsoft, SAIC, EMC, McAfee), and nonprofit collaborators.

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NCSA’s mission is to empower and support digital citizens to use the Internet securely and safely, protecting themselves and the cyber infrastructure.”

Data Privacy Day is a North American celebration inspired by Europe’s Data Protection Day (also held on January 28,) which was founded by the Council of Europe in 2007 to commemorate the 1981 Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data (Convention108.)

Data Privacy Day was initially targeted at raising awareness of privacy issues (most notably keeping customers data secure) among businesses, but has now expanded its educational focus to include families and consumers, while also providing “governments, industry, academia, nonprofits, privacy professionals and educators” the opportunity to collaborate.

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The National CyberSecurity Alliance website offers privacy tips and advice on checking your privacy settings when using various programs and services. It also provides ideas on how you can get involved in the celebration by promoting online safety at work, at home, in your community, or through social media (for example by changing your profile picture to the “I am #PrivacyAware” image.)

For more information check out the official Data Privacy Day webpage!


Douglas Crawford I am a freelance writer, technology enthusiast, and lover of life who enjoys spinning words and sharing knowledge for a living. Find me on Google+

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2 responses to “Today is Data Privacy Day!

  1. Don’t see any entity on that list doing anything to protect me on line. At a time when ISPs and Apple and MS are in fact making me less safe every day. Apple – the company who assured everyone that they were safe – Google any type of problem and at quarter million are having issues which means take that number and multiply it by 10. AT&T is doing the fastest move away from Yahoo – who provides their email and effectively is what their safety in internet rests – so they have no safety. I’m no hacker, but a simple app can find my router’s backdoor but said router provides limited control. Safari has even compromised the iPhone. Virtually every home computer, laptop, smart phone (an oxymoron for sure) and tablet has been compromised whether owner can tell or not. Get real dude.

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