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Data Privacy Day 2013

Data Privacy Day is an annual international event held each year on January 28th since 2008 and instituted to promote awareness about the many ways personal information is collected, stored, used, and shared, and provide education about privacy practices that will enable individuals to protect their personal information. The official Data Privacy Day theme is: Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data and Enabling Trust. Entities who are privacy champions partner with the National Cyber Security Alliance to educating their customers, citizens, employees and communities through events, activities and other methods.  Data Privacy Day promotes activities that stimulate the development of technology tools that support individual control over personally identifiable information (PII), encourage compliance with privacy laws and regulations and create dialogues among stakeholders interested in advancing data protection and privacy.

A list of DPD events can be found at:

“Anyone can get involved in Data Privacy Day and help raise awareness about the importance of data privacy. We all share in the responsibility to make the Internet a safer place and this requires us to ensure adequate measures are taken to protect data and use personal information responsibly,” said Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance. “We’re excited about the growing support for Data Privacy Day 2013. If everyone takes some time on or around January 28th to educate customers, constituents, students and family members about privacy and data protection, we can instill the respect for privacy and security in all digital citizens.”

Data Privacy Day Champion EDUCAUSE - a nonprofit association and the foremost community of IT leaders and professionals committed to advancing higher education - has expanded Data Privacy Day into Data Privacy Month. In addition to numerous colleges offering on campus events, EDUCAUSE is offering free webinars. More information about EDUCAUSE’s Data Privacy Month initiatives can be found at:

“EDUCAUSE is thrilled to be a Data Privacy Day Champion and excited about expanding Data Privacy Day into Data Privacy Month for the second year in a row. Our aim is to help students, faculty, and staff on college campuses nationwide understand that data privacy is important to protecting their digital footprint and they need to exercise greater discretion over how their personal information is shared and managed online,” said Rodney Petersen, managing director of the EDUCAUSE Washington Office.