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.
“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.
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!