Month: January 2015

Privacy Tips for 2015

They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  I think this graphic really speaks for itself. We will be posting tips like this throughout the month of February as part of the Data Privacy Month initiative.  For now, what do you think of the tips in the graphic below?  What would you add as your Top Privacy Tips for 2015?

Privacy Tips for 2015
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It’s Data Privacy Day!


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!

I’m back. Did you miss me?

After a brief hiatus, the UConn Privacy Blog is back.  Did you miss me?

Back from Hiatus
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I thought, since I am refreshing this Blog, that I would remind you why I started it in the first place.  Here’s flashback to my very first post.

So why restart this now?  Well, a lot is going on in the privacy and data security world as we begin 2015.  Big Data, big breaches, living in the cloud, MOOCs, drones, wearable technologies and the Internet of Things.  I have thoughts.  And my colleagues out there in the privacy and data security world have thoughts.   It seemed like as good a time as any for me to time to start this Blog back up to share those thoughts and provide you with links, tips and other useful information about all-things-privacy going on around us in higher education where I sit, but also in this world around us that seems to be getting smaller and more interconnected, but more complicated in terms of managing expectations and personal control about us and our information all at the same time.  Man, that’s a mouthful!  Hopefully in revitalizing this Blog, I’ll be able to break down these issues and more.


So the long-and-short of it, I’m back at this Privacy Blogging Thing!  And just in time for Data Privacy Day.  I’ll have more on that tomorrow.

Have any topics you’d like to see me talk about? Interested in guest blogging or sharing your thoughts on Privacy, Data Security or Records Management?  Let me know.  I would love to hear from you.