Data Privacy Day 2020

#DPD2020

This 2020, let's celebrate Data Privacy Day and spread awareness about internet privacy and how to secure our digital presence from prying eyes.

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What is Data Privacy Day?

Data Privacy Day is celebrated by privacy enthusiasts and advocates every year on January 28. It’s an international effort to spread awareness among individuals and businesses alike about the importance of privacy and promote the need for safeguarding personal information.

It was first initiated in 2006 by the European Council as Data Protection Day, and soon other countries followed. Because of the increasing importance of online privacy, Data Privacy Day is now celebrated by many other nations as well, including the USA, Canada, India, and 27 countries in the European Union.

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Why should Data Privacy Day be celebrated?

Since more and more information is being collected online, protecting our privacy is now more critical than ever. Every day, we create an endless stream of data as we spend most of our time on the internet and our devices.

But even then, many of us don’t understand how much of our personal information is being collected, stored, and used by third-parties, nor do we consider the privacy implications when it comes to our online actions.

Websites and companies can find out who we are, where we are located, and what we like and dislike, so they can serve us products and services even when we don’t want them. And this is just the tip of the iceberg!

Cyber-attacks are also on the rise, such as the WannaCry ransomware which affected people in over 150 countries and resulted in the loss of vast amounts of sensitive data, or the Yahoo security breach that exposed the personal information of 3 billion accounts.

With a day designated to raising awareness about online privacy and keeping personal information secure, we are presented with an opportunity to change how we behave on the internet and take greater responsibility when it comes to our online privacy.

Be Part of Something Big

Data Privacy Day takes place annually and aims to create awareness about the importance of respecting online privacy, safeguarding data, and enabling trust.Each year, the IAPP partners with Stay Safe Online to promote Data Privacy Day, and this year the celebrations are more significant than ever.Typically celebrated for one day only, the IAPP and KnowledgeNet are extending festivities throughout the entire month of January.

Here’s how you can spread the message:

Data Privacy Awareness at Home

Educate the importance of online privacy with your friends and family and how one should stay safer online.

Make others realize that personal information should be kept private. It’s imperative to value and defend our online privacy as it is continuously under threat. To understand how we’re harming our online privacy, give careful thought to how your personal information is collected through apps and websites.

Make others realize that personal information should be kept private. It’s imperative to value and defend our online privacy as it is continuously under threat. To understand how we’re harming our online privacy, give careful thought to how your personal information is collected through apps and websites.

Data Privacy Awareness in Offices

Apart from educating your friends and family, make your colleagues understand the role they should play in ensuring that their online privacy is maintained.

Begin by reducing clutter on your work device. Install the latest security software, web browser, and operating system. Defend your device against viruses, malware, and other online threats by installing robust software that secures your digital existence – a VPN.

Data Privacy Awareness in Community

Online privacy and security can be achieved spontaneously if others around you are following the right steps. You can share what you’ve learned in your community through volunteering in a local school or union council.

Data Privacy Day Celebrated by LinkedIn

Watch Data Privacy Day 2020: A Vision for the Future, live on Tuesday, January 28, at 1:00 p.m. EST/10:00 a.m. PST.You can find the entire agenda and stream the event live here.
Have a look at Last Year's Event Highlight.

Experts Views

As we get involved this Data Privacy Day, here are some additional advice from the experts on how we can keep our data safe:

  • Wes Widner, director of threat intelligence and machine learning at Norse,

    suggests that vendors and consumers should start familiarizing themselves with encryption. He further explains that people are not required to have all the working knowledge about algorithms and other technicalities that work in the background. Still, they should be aware of different types of encryption that are currently available out there.

  • Dave Martin, director at NSFOCUS IB,

    suggests that users or consumers should establish a different communication path where anyone who contacts them online must have to verify their account information. He elaborates that if any user gets a suspicious link in any text message or email, they should not open it. He further added that users must use anti-virus or malware detection software on their personal systems.

  • The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA),

    suggests that users should be aware of the information that they share online, and they should understand the true worth of their personal data.

  • The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF),

    suggests that parents should be fully aware of the devices their children are using in the educational institutions where they are being educated.

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How Can We Protect Our Online Privacy?

As modern times have shifted towards keeping data online, online data privacy is a concern for nearly everyone today. Privacy here can mean either of the two: Personally-Identifying Information (PII) or non-PII information such as a visitor’s behavior on a website.

So, let’s celebrate this Data Privacy Data by following the best privacy and data protection tips not only today but also for the rest of the year!