Data Privacy Day is an effort to empower people to protect their privacy and control their digital footprint and escalate the protection of privacy and data as everyone’s priority.
Data Privacy Day is celebrated across the United States, Canada, Council of Europe member countries, and a host of other countries across the globe. The day constitutes an international collaboration and nationwide effort to educate and raise awareness about data privacy, stewardship of data and protecting the privacy of personal information.
For the past five years, the U.S. Senate has designated January 28th as National Data Privacy Day. Again this year, U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-West Virginia) is sponsoring a Senate resolution to encourage more people nationwide to be aware of data privacy and take all necessary steps to prevent data loss and respect privacy. The resolution calls on state and local governments, educators, privacy professionals, and corporations to observe the day with appropriate activities and initiatives that raise awareness about data privacy protection.
“Data Privacy Day highlights a year-round effort for all of us to improve measures to protect our personal data,” said Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). “We want all digital citizens to feel like they have a choice in how their data is being collected, stored, and consumed and that starts with being educated about the privacy policies of online companies and Web properties. As society increasingly becomes more wired, it’s imperative we understand how to best protect our data.”
To mark Data Privacy Day 2013, Microsoft Corp. has also released new data reflecting consumers’ perceptions about how their information is used online. A main finding of the survey, which polled 1,000 American adults, is that forty-five percent said they have little or no control over the personal information companies gather about them while they are browsing the Web or using online services – such as photo-sharing, travel or gaming. More information about the survey and a series of short videos called “Privacy in Action” is available at: http://www.microsoft.com/yourprivacy.
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