What is Data Privacy Day you might ask? National Data Privacy Day is an international holiday that occurs every January 28. 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 January 28, 1981, signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection.
The purpose of Data Privacy Day is to raise awareness and promote privacy and data protection best practices. It is currently ‘celebrated’ in the United States, Canada, and 27 European countries. Data Privacy Day’s educational initiative originally focused on raising awareness among teens and young adults about the importance of protecting the privacy of their personal information online, particularly in the context of social networking.
What is Data Privacy?
Data privacy is about your freedom to control who has access to your personal information, ideas, and activities on the internet. There has never been a better time to safeguard your information. According to the Ponemon Institute, hackers were successful in exposing the personal information of 110 million Americans in 2014. When you browse online, you are providing third-party agencies around the world the necessary data to monitor your online actions and browsing habits.
- Learn what cookies and behavioral tracking mean to you.
- Identity Theft is a form of stealing, in which a fraudster obtains personal information about a specific individual and passes it off as their own.
- With mobile internet increasing rapidly, the need for better education on mobile safety tips is a must.
- Online Services – Banking, Dating and General Guidelines – Internet shopping is increasingly popular, be careful about where you upload financial data as unsecure websites could potentially steal and misuse your financial data.
How to protect your data privacy?
- Use strong passwords for your email, forums, and all social media accounts you use
- Stay safe from spyware threats and regularly monitor your machine for threats
- Keep your operating systems and vulnerable applications up to date
- Don’t turn off your User Account Control
- Don’t trust public WiFi networks, e.g. those found in coffee shops
- Don’t click on random links and be careful of links in email attachments
- Always log out of accounts
- Be careful of information you share on social media accounts
- Don’t enter sensitive information into any unsecure URL (i.e. one that doesn’t use HTTPS)
Let’s do our part to make it a safe and secure space for everybody! You can learn more about Data Privacy Day here and get involved by raising awareness.