It’s Data Privacy Day!

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Happy Data Privacy Day, everyone!  Just what is this Data Privacy Day?   Data Privacy Day is an international initiative led by the National Cyber Security Alliance, a non-profit, public private partnership focused on cyber security education for online citizens across the world.   Data Privacy Day began in the United States and Canada in January 2008. However, it was celebrated long before that as Data Protection Day in Europe.  The Data Privacy Day (and its predecessor Data Protection Day) commemorates the 1981 signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection.  It is celebrated annually on January 28th around the world.  Extensive information about Data Privacy Day itself, and events being held regionally, in the U.S. and worldwide can be found on NSCA’s Official Data Privacy Day website.

So what can YOU do today to celebrate and recognize Data Privacy Day?  Think about your digital footprint.  What do you want your legacy to be online?  Think about what you share about yourselves, your family and your friends online.  Stop.Think.Connect.

If you spend time on social media, look for the following hashtags: #DPD15, #DPM15,#DataPrivacyDay, #Stop.Think.Connect.

Maybe even post some of these hashtags yourself.  And think about taking the ‪#‎datainnovationpledge‬ by posting “I Will Promote the Ethical and Innovative Use of Data! #datainnovationpledge ‪#‎DPD15‬” on your social media accounts today.

Happy Data Privacy Day, everyone!