Data Protection Day

February 03, 2015
by Alex Tough

“According to the National Cyber Security Alliance, 50% of targeted cyber attacks are directed at companies with fewer than 2,500 employees”.

On 26 April 2006, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe decided to launch a Data Protection Day, to be celebrated each year on 28 January. The 28th of January was chosen because on that day in 1981, the Council of Europe passed Convention 108 on the protection of individuals’ personal data, the root of all data privacy and protection legislation.

This year we are celebrating the 9th edition of Data Protection Day. Like every year, a compilation of the awareness-raising activities organised on this occasion by data protection supervisory authorities and  public or private sector stakeholders will be available on our website, enabling you to be informed on the events taking place in each country.

In response to the increasing levels of data breaches and the global importance of privacy and data security, in 2010 the Online Trust Alliance (OTA) and dozens of global organizations embraced Data Privacy Day as Data Privacy & Protection Day, emphasizing the need to look at the long-term impact to consumers of data collection, use and protection practices. Other organizations including the National Cyber Security Alliance work to coordinate Data Privacy Day activities in the U.S.

Data Protection Day’s goals

The main goals for Data Protection Day (or Data Privacy Day in the US and Canada) are;

  • To raise awareness and educate consumers to help them better understand how their personal and sensitive information can be shared and the potential risks of sharing privacy data.
  • Allow consumers to express their expectations, protection and management of their personal information.
  • Influence consumers through simple actionable tips to manage their online lives easier
  • Encourage and inspire to consider privacy implications for their own actions online
  • Encourage companies to be ‘data stewards’ and be actively open and honest to consumers about what they do with their customers private data, whilst clearly communication any available privacy controls.

To summarize the nature of Data Protection Day concerned some simple tips to remind everyone;

  1. What you post can last a lifetime – Before posting online, think about how it may be perceived now and in the future and who might see it.
  2. Own your online presence – Set the privacy and security settings on web services and devices to your comfort level for information sharing.
  3. Be aware of what’s being shared – Be aware that when you share a post, picture or video online, you may also be revealing information about others. Be thoughtful when and how you share information about others.
  4. Post only about others as you have them post about you!


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