Data Privacy Day 2019

January 28th is National Data Privacy Day!

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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. Launched in Europe and adopted in North America in 2008, Data Privacy Day brings together businesses and private citizens to share the best strategies for protecting consumers’ private information.

Led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) in the United States, NCSA is partnering with leaders in industry, government and the nonprofit sector to educate organizations about the importance of respecting privacy and protecting personal information.  Data Privacy Day is built on the theme “Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data and Enabling Trust.”

With high-tech gadgets on our wrists, in our cars and in our kids’ toy chests, we are now faced with an even more complex environment in which to manage our privacy. The abundance of personal information collected by these devices can be stolen by bad actors or used in negative ways. Recent news stories about connected toys have shed light on the risks of data being collected and used in ways we might not expect or approve. It is vital that all companies be open and honest about how they collect, use and share personal information. In addition, businesses must be vigilant about security and respecting privacy. Whenever possible, parents and all consumers should try to understand how their information is collected, used and shared.

This Data Privacy Day, all organizations need to enable trust by respecting privacy and safeguarding data, especially as the world of the Internet of Things (IoT) expands and consumer apprehension grows.

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