Data Privacy Day: A reminder to stay safe online

Posted: Jan 23, 2017
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January 28 marks National Data Privacy Day, an educational initiative that aims to raise awareness and promote privacy and data protection best practices.

The occasion was originally founded to encourage businesses and internet users to reflect on the importance of protecting the privacy of their personal information online, particularly on social networks. Today, the focus has expanded to include events and activities that promote innovative tools which encourage individual control over personally identifiable information; advocate compliance with privacy laws and regulations; and generate communication amongst data protection and privacy stakeholders.

Data Privacy Day is led by The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), a non profit, advisory committee of privacy professionals, dedicated to promoting an online world that is safer, more secure and more trustworthy. Whilst Data Privacy Day is a single event, NCSA’s educational efforts continue throughout the year, providing businesses and consumers with insight into online privacy and protection. This awareness campaign forms a core part of the global online safety, security and privacy campaign, STOP. THINK. CONNECT.

Take part in Data Privacy Day

Whether at home, at work, or in your local community, there are many ways of getting involved in Data Privacy Day, including:

  • Online resources: NCSA provides a number of free educational resources for businesses online – https://staysafeonline.org/data-privacy-day/business-resources/
  • Review policies and procedures: Ramp up efforts to develop a culture of privacy, through teaching employees what privacy means to your organization, as well as the role each individual must play in making sure privacy is met and maintained. Review contracts with partners and vendors to ensure the ways in which they collect and use your data is in line with policies and procedures.
  • Update apps and software: Ensuring you have the most up-to-date security software, operating system, browser and apps can help protect against online threats.
  • Update your settings: Check your online privacy settings, and make necessary updates to improve your levels of protection. Update passwords to your online profiles and accounts.
  • Events and activities: Attend a Data Privacy Day event in your local area, or consider hosting your own.
  • Get social: NCSA encourages social network users to use #PrivacyAware and join in #ChatSTC on Twitter for tips and advice, as well as inviting you to update your profile picture to the “I am #PrivacyAware” image. You can also follow NCSA on Facebook: /DataPrivacyNCSA, Twitter: @DataPrivacyDay and Instagram: @PrivacyAware.

For businesses large and small, data privacy should be a year-round consideration. Data Privacy Day and other such initiatives serve as a useful reminder that the internet is a dangerous place, and that no individual is immune from the threats that persist online.

For businesses operating in regulated industries in particular, it is critical that every precaution is taken to keep customer or patient data protected. Here at Scrypt, we are committed to helping organizations keep their information safe while in transit or at rest, through our suite of secure and compliant productivity tools. You can find out more about Scrypt’s commitment to security at https://www.scrypt.com/company/security/.