Why Do We Celebrate Data Privacy Day?
January 28 is celebrated as Data Privacy Day (DPD) across the world. The objective of the day is to sensitize individuals and disseminate privacy practices and principles. It encourages everyone to own their privacy responsibilities to create a culture of privacy.
Data Privacy Week raises awareness about internet privacy and teaches individuals how to handle and safeguard their personal information. Data Privacy Week also urges businesses to value data and be more open about how they gather and utilize client information. In order to achieve these objectives, Seavus will promote and support the following initiatives to mark Data Privacy Week:
Everything you do on the internet creates data. There is information available about your actions, habits, and interests. There's your personal information, such as your social security number and driver's license number. There's also data about your physical self, such as health information. It's natural to feel powerless over the data collected on you. There are, however, actions you can take to understand more about the kinds of data you're producing online, and how it's collected, shared, and processed.
Take the following steps:
- Understand the privacy/convenience tradeoff.
Before you may utilize their services, many accounts want access to personal information such as your geographic location, contact list, and photo album. This personal information is extremely valuable to businesses, and some may even give you their services for free.
Once you've opted to use an app or create a new account, review the privacy and security settings on web services and apps and adjust them to your degree of comfort with information sharing. Each device, application, or browser you use will have its own set of capabilities for limiting how and with whom you share information.
Data privacy and data security are inextricably linked. Create lengthy, unique passwords and save them in a password manager to keep your data safe. Enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) whenever possible, especially on accounts that contain sensitive information, to add an extra layer of protection. When activated, MFA has been shown to stop 99.9% of automated assaults and can secure your data even in the case of a data breach.
More about Data Privacy Day: https://www.coe.int/en/web/portal/28-january-data-protection-day
Seavus' Cyber Security team