In the words of the National Cyber Security Alliance, Data Privacy Day "is an international effort to empower individuals and encourage businesses to respect privacy, safeguard data and enable trust."
Data privacy should be at the forefront of everyone's mind. Protecting your personal data and understanding your right to privacy is becoming more and more important as we start to understand how valuable personal data is and how we are all accountable for protecting our privacy.
Data privacy day is focused on staying safe online, which is a great opportunity to reflect on privacy in a personal way.
We also recommend checking privacy policies periodically as they are updated from time-to-time. Sometimes organizations make updates to privacy policies to account for changes in privacy laws. For example you probably noticed a lot of updated privacy policies around May 2018 when the GDPR came into effect for EU countries. More recently, many organizations made additional updates to align with California’s new privacy law. Other times organizations make updates to account for business changes, such as entity changes or a new feature or offering which results in new types of personal data uses.
How can you protect yourself online?
Tricky question in the digital age of social media, how and where can I update my privacy settings?
The National Cyber Security Alliance has provided some direct links to update your privacy settings for popular devices and online services.
Spread the word
In large part, protecting data privacy for your customers and end users and for data that is handled by your company is not as complicated as we might think, but it does require thinking about data privacy regularly, following your company’s guidelines for handling data, and having processes in place to stop or mitigate a breach if there has been an exposure.
So spread the word about Data Privacy Day, but keep the party going all year long. Visit our Trust Red Hat page to stay connected on topics such as security, compliance and privacy.