Data Privacy Day 2020
January 28th is National Data Privacy Day!
Led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), Data Privacy Day – held every year on January 28 – commemorates the 1981 signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection. Data Privacy Day (DPD) began in the United States and Canada in January 2008 as an extension of Data Protection Day in Europe. DPD brings together businesses and private citizens to share the best strategies for protecting consumers’ private information.
Data Privacy Day’s 2020 theme is “Own Your Privacy.”
Each year, data breaches continue to grow in size and scope – exposing consumers’ sensitive, personal information and businesses’ valuable data. Against this backdrop, Data Privacy Day helps spread awareness about privacy and educates citizens on how to secure their personal information. It also works to encourage businesses to be more transparent about how they collect, store and use data.
“With the California Consumer Privacy Act going into effect in January 2020, this year’s Data Privacy Day couldn’t be more timely for increasing awareness among businesses and consumers about the importance of respecting and protecting personal information,” said Kelvin Coleman, executive director of NCSA. “With the tremendous growth of businesses collecting and using personal data and millions of customers putting private information online, Data Privacy Day works to encourage businesses to improve data privacy and security practices and educate consumers about the many ways their personal information can be used and shared.”
Additional information and resources on data privacy
- Data Privacy Day Infographic
- Your Privacy in a Growing Internet of Me Infographic
- EDUCAUSE Review guest blog by Svetla Sytch (University of Michigan): When Privacy Becomes a Thing
- Data Privacy Priorities Infographic, courtesy of Forrester and IBM
- Privacy is Good for Business Tip Sheet
- Check Your Privacy Settings: Want to view or change your privacy/security settings, but don’t know where to find them? NCSA has an easy-to-use resource with direct links to update your privacy settings on popular devices and online services