Online privacy and security have become a central part of our new digital reality, and the fifth-annual Data Protection Day this Saturday, January 28 is a great opportunity to foster a societal debate around data privacy issues.
Last year we chatted with Leonardo Cervera, the man responsible for the first Data Privacy Day event in the United States. He spoke at length about data privacy and his overall background and interest in keeping people safer online, among other topics.
Cervera noted that, “As a consumer, I am concerned that business considerations might prevail over my dignity as a human being. The increasing difficulty of enforcing data protection over the Internet also worries me.”
This year, people are still worried about those same issues.
That’s part of the reason the National Cyber Security Alliance says it will host and participate in various events around the world designed to raise awareness about privacy issues. The NCSA, a non-profit public-private partnership focused on cybersecurity awareness, includes representatives from Intel, eBay, Microsoft, Intuit, and Comcast.
According to the NCSA, one of this year’s biggest events will be a privacy debate — streaming live on Facebook — on Thursday, January 26 from 9:00am-11:45am at the George Washington University Law School.
“The Intersection of Privacy & Security” panel will feature Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill along with several well-known industry privacy leaders and will be broadcast worldwide via Facebook Live. The discussion will include what can be done to ensure better Internet privacy protections across the United States and worldwide.
Stop. Think. Connect.
Michael Kaiser, NCSA’s executive director, says the overall goal of Data Privacy Day is to encourage people to follow the basic advice from the STOP. THINK. CONNECT. campaign and protect their personal information.
Kaiser explained that “it is our collective and shared responsibility to help make the Internet a safer environment in which people have the ability to protect the privacy of their personal information, and it starts with three simple steps: STOP. THINK. CONNECT.”
Data Privacy Day began in Europe in 2007 and continues to be celebrated in more than 30 countries as Data Protection Day. The United States and Canada joined the celebration in 2008.
Since 2009, the U.S. Senate has recognized January 28 as National Data Privacy Day in the United States.
In 2009, the National Association of Attorneys General recognized Data Privacy Day, and numerous state governors recognize Data Privacy Day annually.
Over the past four years, Data Privacy Day has grown significantly and has been celebrated by at least one entity in the following areas: India, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Australia, the Philippines, and Hong Kong.
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The annual subscription rate is normally $84.95, but with this special deal in celebration of Data Privacy Day, the full 12 months is only $42.50.