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Data Privacy Day

Cary, NC – January 28th of each year is designated Data Privacy Day. Data Privacy Day is an international effort and is promoted by the National Cyber Security Alliance.

What is Data Privacy Day?

Data Privacy Day is an international effort to empower and educate people to protect their privacy and control their digital footprint

Data Privacy Day began in the United States and Canada in January 2008 as an extension of the Data Protection Day celebration in Europe. Data Protection Day commemorates the January 28, 1981, signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection. Data Privacy Day is now a celebration for everyone, observed annually on January 28.

Activities you can do for Data Privacy Day

  1. Learn about Data Privacy. There is a lot of great information on the National Cyber Security Alliance Webpage for Data Privacy Day: StaySafeOnline.org/data-privacy-day/
  2. Join the “Keep a Clean Machine” Campaign:
    • Keep security software current: Having the latest security software, web browser, and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware, and other online threats.
    • Automate software updates: Many software programs will automatically connect and update to defend against known risks. Turn on automatic updates if that’s an available option.
    • Protect all devices that connect to the Internet: Along with computers, smart phones, gaming systems, and other web-enabled devices also need protection from viruses and malware.
    • Plug & scan: “USBs” and other external devices can be infected by viruses and malware. Use your security software to scan them.
      There is a lot of great information on the National Cyber Security Alliance Website StaySafeOnline.org