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Today is International Data Privacy Day!

Posted January 28, 2010 10:14 AM by Sharkles

Today is International Data Privacy Day, a holiday seeking to raise awareness and promote data privacy education. It is coordinated by The Privacy Projects, a non-profit organization founded in 2008 for investigating and recommending enhancements to current privacy polices, practices, and technologies.

In today's fast-paced, networked world, our identities, locations, contacts, purchases, histories, etc. are documented in various bytes and bits. Data Privacy Day asks that we stop and question how information is being collected, who is collecting it, and what they're doing with it. It also aims to raise awareness in people who may not be particularly web-savvy or knowledgeable about how to protect themselves and how their information is being used.

On January 26, 2009 the United State House of Representatives declared January 28 2009 Data Privacy Day. The U.S. Senate passed a resolution two days later, marking the first data privacy celebration. The day is currently celebrated in the United States, Canada, and 27 European counties.

The Privacy Projects says that data privacy is not only for individuals, but that businesses need to understand the importance of their compliance with privacy laws and regulations. The group stresses that business operators must understand that consumers need/want to trust their products or services before they're willing to pay for them; it is up to the consumers to enforce this attitude. This link contains a list of organizations participating in Data Privacy Day 2010.

Personally, I hadn't heard of this event until I was perusing Engineering News this morning, but it's good to be aware of. Had anyone else heard of this day, or any organization doing anything for it?

For more information on Data Privacy Day, please see the following links:

http://dataprivacyday2010.org/

http://theprivacyprojects.org/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_Privacy_Day

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01/28/2010 10:53 AM

If you're concerned about this sort of thing here's a good place to start to take matters into your own hands : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pretty_Good_Privacy

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01/28/2010 11:23 AM

A month later, I'm still steamed about Facebook's so-called "privacy enhancements". Specifically, I dislike how pages you're a fan of now appear in your public listing. So as much as I'd like each and every CR4er to become a fan of CR4_News on Facebook, I do understand why some people are reluctant to do so.

If you've never seen your supposedly "private" public listing on Facebook, it contains four columns: Products, Services, Places and Stores. For marketers, of course, this a gold mine. I imagine it could be quite valuable for government agencies (both foreign and domestic), too.

Yes, it's true that you can hide your Facebook profile from search altogether. But if you're seeking to make the most of social networking (as am I), that seems like taking yourself out of the game.

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01/28/2010 11:36 AM

You know there's a problem when they have to make a day to honor it.

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01/29/2010 6:56 AM

In honor of privacy day I won't say a thing :)

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01/29/2010 5:22 PM

There is a way out which will kill all your social network presence.

Go to http://www.suicidemachine.org/ They are very busy but eventually I got through..

Enjoy

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01/30/2010 6:52 PM

Yeah, damn groundhogs are just sooooo problematic.

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01/30/2010 7:07 PM

well, I'm just happy they found a use for them.

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03/01/2010 11:15 AM

Great pick, Guest! I actually have this on my bookshelf at home, and I credit it as the reason I am so paranoid when it comes to surveillance.

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