Data Privacy Day

Today is Data Privacy Day, and, although we are covering privacy in later classes this semester  I wanted to share the following statement from the National Cyber Security Alliance (www.staysafeonline.org):

“Data Privacy Day is an effort to empower people to protect their privacy and control their digital footprint and escalate the protection of privacy and data as everyone’s priority.  Data Privacy Day began in the United States and Canada in January 2008, as an extension of the Data Protection Day celebration in Europe. The Day commemorates the 1981 signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection.  Data Privacy Day is a celebration for everyone and held on January 28th every year.

In our online world, data is free flowing.  All of us – from home computer users to the largest corporations – need to be aware of the personal and private data others have entrusted to us and remain vigilant and proactive about protecting it.  Being a good digital citizen means being a good steward of data.  Data Privacy Day is an effort to empower people to protect their privacy and control their digital footprint and escalate the protection of privacy and data as everyone’s priority.  Data Privacy Day is led by the National Cyber Security Alliance, a non-profit, public private partnership focused on cyber security education for all online citizens.”

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