Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn
Wednesday, January 28, 2015, marks the eighth annual Data Privacy Day “celebration” in the United States. Data Privacy Day encourages consumers to protect their personal information and businesses to be more transparent about how they collect and use data. For information about Data Privacy Day, visit the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) website at http://www.staysafeonline.org/data-privacy-day/.
“American consumers have fully embraced the Internet and understand the benefits and the risks of a digitally connected world that relies on the use of their personal information,” Michael Kaiser, NCSA Executive Director, stated in a press release about Data Privacy Day. “The respectful use and protection of personal information needs to be a foundational tenet that guides our ongoing development.”
NCSA and a team of privacy experts developed the following Data Privacy Day Resources:
- Conduct a “privacy checkup” http://www.staysafeonline.org/data-privacy-day/check-your-privacy-settings/.
- Take the NCSA and SpiderOak My Privacy IQ quiz at http://myprivacyiq.com/.
- For various Data Privacy Day events open to the public, visit http://www.staysafeonline.org/data-privacy-day/events.
- For a library of resources about privacy and identity protection developed by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA), visit http://www.idtheftinfo.org.
- Learn about iKeepSafe’s new privacy initiatives that allow students to benefit from technology in the classroom while safeguarding their privacy at http://ikeepsafe.org/privacy.
- Discover who is watching you online and why at https://webmaker.org/en-US/resources/literacy/weblit-Privacy.
According to the NCSA, Data Privacy Day began in the United States and Canada in January 2008 as an extension of Data Protection Day in Europe. Data Privacy Day commemorates Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection singed in 1981. On January 27, 2014, the U.S. Congress adopted S. Res. 337 to designate January 28 as “National Data Privacy Day.”
The NCSA is the nation’s leading nonprofit public-private partnership promoting the safe and secure use of the Internet. NCSA’s mission is to educate and empower a digital citizenry to use the Internet securely and safely, protect themselves and the technology they use, and protect the digital assets shared by all. For more information about the NCSA, visit http://www.staysafeonline.org/about-us/overview/.
ESR Celebrates Data Privacy Day
Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – ‘The Background Check Authority®’ – celebrates Data Privacy Day. ESR’s SOC 2SM audit report ensures ESR meets the standards set by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) to protect the security, confidentiality, and privacy of Personally Identifiable Information (PII). To learn more about SOC 2 reports, visit http://www.esrcheck.com/SOC-2/.