Did you know that Saturday, January 28 was Data Privacy Day? The day was first recognized in North America in 2008 as an extension of the initiative that originated in Europe. January 28, 1981 commemorates the signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection.
It’s an officially recognized day, but no it don’t get you an extra day off work. There is however cause for celebration that awareness is being raised about data privacy. From home computers to big corporate servers we are learning more protecting our data and the way it is used.
Where to start?
There are so many areas to touch on here but we’ll start with what’s closest to home for me, and likely many of you – teaching our kids about data privacy.
StaySafeOnline.org and website developed by the National Cyber Security Alliance offers some practical tip on how to teach your kids about the importance of data safety and actually staying safe, “The first step is to teach children how to STOP. THINK. CONNECT.”
- Share with care – What you post can lifetime.
- Personal information is like money. Value it. Protect it.
- Remember the golden rule – Post only how you would like others to post about you.
- Stay positively engaged.
- Stay current with safety awareness.
These are just a few of the highlights; there are many practical resources for parents worth researching.
Data Privacy Affects Us All
From the corner store to the corporate conglomerates we all unwittingly manage vast amounts of sensitive data everyday, even Statistics Canada came under scrutiny late in 2016 for not being appropriately prepared to face the challenges of accommodating big data. So having data savvy kids is a great place to start, but there are also an abundance of resources for the rest of us too.
Plus, you’ll find even more information on business cyber security in my blog post from March of last year, ‘Is Your Business Cyber Savvy?’.
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