January 28, 2018

Data Privacy Day

About Data Privacy Day
Led by the National Cyber Security Alliance in the United States, Data Privacy Day – held every year on Jan. 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.

Following a year of massive data breaches at places like Equifax, Verizon, and Uber, it is necessary for people to learn how to better secure their personal information. Data Privacy Day also encourages businesses to be more transparent about how they collect and use data.

For data privacy day, we’ve included some tips from the National Cyber Security Alliance.


Privacy Insights and Advice for Organizations:

+ IF YOU COLLECT IT, PROTECT IT. Follow reasonable security measures to keep individuals’ personal information safe from inappropriate and unauthorized access.

+ BE OPEN AND HONEST ABOUT HOW YOU COLLECT, USE AND SHARE CONSUMERS’ PERSONAL INFORMATION. Think about how the consumer may expect their data to be used, and design settings to protect their information by default.

+ BUILD TRUST BY DOING WHAT YOU SAY YOU WILL DO. Communicate clearly and concisely to the public what privacy means to your organization and the steps you take to achieve and maintain privacy.

+ CREATE A CULTURE OF PRIVACY IN YOUR ORGANIZATION. Educate employees on the importance and impact of protecting consumer and employee information as well as the role they play in keeping it safe.

+ DON’T COUNT ON YOUR PRIVACY NOTICE AS YOUR ONLY TOOL TO EDUCATE CONSUMERS ABOUT YOUR DATA PRACTICES. Consider features that allow consumers to opt-in to certain forms of data sharing rather than requiring them to opt-out.

+ CONDUCT DUE DILIGENCE AND MAINTAIN OVERSIGHT OF PARTNERS AND VENDORS. If someone provides services on your behalf, you are also responsible for how they collect and use your customers’ personal information.


Privacy Insights and Advice for Consumers:

+ PERSONAL INFO IS LIKE MONEY: VALUE IT. PROTECT IT. Information about you, such as your purchase history or location, has value – just like money. Be thoughtful about who gets that information and how it’s collected through apps and websites. You should delete unused apps, keep others current and review app permissions.

+ SHARE WITH CARE. Think before posting about yourself and others online. Consider what it reveals, who might see it and how it could be perceived now and in the future. It’s a good idea to review your social network friends and all contact lists to ensure everyone still belongs.

+ OWN YOUR ONLINE PRESENCE. Set the privacy and security settings on websites and apps to your comfort level for information sharing. Each device, application or browser you use will have different features to limit how and with whom you share information. It’s OK to ask others for help.

+ LOCK DOWN YOUR LOGIN. Your usernames and passwords are not enough to protect key accounts like email, banking and social media. Choose one account and turn on the strongest authentication tools available, such as biometrics, security keys or a unique one-time code sent to your mobile device.

+ KEEP A CLEAN MACHINE. Keep all software, operating systems (mobile and PC) and apps up to date to protect data loss from infections and malware.

+ APPLY THE GOLDEN RULE ONLINE. Post only about others as you would have them post about you.

+ SECURE YOUR DEVICES. Every device should be secured by a password or strong authentication – finger swipe, facial recognition etc. These security measures limit access to authorized users only and protect your information if devices are lost or stolen.

+ THINK BEFORE YOU APP. Information about you, such as the games you like to play, your contacts list, where you shop and your location, has tremendous value. Be thoughtful about who gets that information and understand how it’s collected through apps.


– Jan 28, 2018