Data Privacy Day 2015

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Data Privacy Day 2015
Data Privacy Day is held internationally on January 28th every year. In commemoration of 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 organized by the National Cyber Security Alliance.
The day promotes respecting privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust. The goal is to educate consumers about their vulnerabilities and to encourage businesses to take seriously their responsibility to protect personal information.

The NCSA has released some tips for businesses on how to accomplish respecting privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust.

Transparency Builds Trust

  • Be open and honest about how you collect, use and share consumers’ personal information. Think about how the consumer may expect their data to be used. Privacy practices that are perceived as bad or “creepy” can harm your company’s reputation.
  • True transparency requires clear communication through multiple channels. Don’t count on your privacy notice as your only tool to educate consumers about your data practices.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely to the public about what privacy means to your organization and steps you take to achieve and maintain privacy. Build trust by doing what you say you will do.
  • Explain to all employees what privacy means to the organization and the role they have in making sure privacy is achieved and maintained. Designate and empower a privacy officer to take responsibility for ensuring that your privacy promises are kept.

Be Aware of What’s Being Shared

  • Be open and honest about how you collect, use and share personal information. Any options you provide consumers to control their personal information should be easy to use and effective.
  • Educate employees about the value and impact of protecting consumer and employee information as well as their role in keeping it safe.
  • Conduct due diligence and maintain oversight of partners and vendors. You are also responsible for how they collect and use personal information.

Personal Information is Like Money. Respect It. Protect It.

  • Consumers’ personal information may be valuable for your business, but it’s also something they value.
  • Follow reasonable security measures to keep individuals’ personal information safe from inappropriate and unauthorized access.
  • Collect and use personal information only if it is needed for the purposes you have stated or required by law. Dispose of personal information safely and securely when it is no longer needed.

If you are interested in learning more about how to respect privacy, safeguard data and enable trust within your organization see one of the following webinars on Data Privacy Day 2015.

Kick Starting a Privacy Program

Jan 28, 2015
Time: 12-1 p.m. EST
This webinar is being hosted by Privacy Ref in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches. We will be presenting a webinar on how to start a privacy program as well as further develop it and maintain it from there. We will also be taking questions about specific aspects of a privacy program and policies.

Reducing Costs and Liabilities Through Privacy Awareness
Jan 28, 2015
Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m. EST
Join Privacy Ref for a webinar in recognition of Data Privacy Day. 35% of data breaches are due to human error according to the Ponemon Institute. Another 29% can be attributed to a system glitch including a problem in a business process. Avoiding these incidents can have a significant impact on a business’s profitability, reputation and future operating expenses. Increasing privacy awareness will reduce these events.

For more information about Data Privacy Day visit the at NCSA website