Tomorrow is Data Privacy Day! So here’s a newsletter dedicated to you, for you, by us… Also, a few data privacy riddles for you to solve over the weekend..
The day Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice was first published in the United Kingdom. The date Elvis Presley made his first national television appearance in the United States.
And most importantly for readers of this newsletter, January 28 is Data Privacy Day, the international day to empower us to respect privacy and build trust.
But what is Data Privacy Day? How can you celebrate it? And what can you do to look after your personal information online?
What is Data Privacy Day?
Data Privacy Day occurs annually on January 28. In recent years, people and companies have expanded the day to a full week of events. The annual celebration of all things privacy and data protection was first introduced by the Council of Europe on April 26, 2006. It is celebrated on January 28 each year to commemorate Convention 108 – the first legally binding international treaty on data protection signed in 1981.
The landscape of global privacy laws has changed markedly since the inception of Data Privacy Day back in 2007. Comprehensive laws such as the GDPR, CCPA, and LGPD place strict requirements on businesses and grant new rights to individuals. Data Privacy Day represents an opportunity for organizations and individuals to raise awareness of privacy and data protection, evangelize best practices, and discuss why privacy matters.
Here are a few data protection and privacy measures you as an individual should be aware of and adopt in a personal capacity to protect your informational privacy.
- Use a privacy-focused web browser ( Bravo, Firefox)
- Try encrypted messaging apps
- Use smart passwords ( eg. lowercase, uppercase, numbers and symbols)
- Regularly clear your cache and cookies
- Double-check privacy settings across apps, websites, and social media
- Use double-factor authentication when possible
- Use a firewall: Use a firewall to help protect your network from unauthorized access and to control which incoming and outgoing network traffic is allowed.
- Use a VPN: Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to encrypt your internet connection and protect your online activity from prying eyes.
- Regularly backup your data: Regularly backup important data and keep the backups in a secure location, such as an external hard drive or a cloud service.
- Be aware of phishing scams: Be cautious of unsolicited emails, phone calls, or text messages, and never click on links or download attachments from unknown sources.
- Limit access to sensitive data: Limit access to sensitive data to only those who need it and ensure that it is properly secured.
Now let’s get to the riddles:
Here they go!
- You need me to build citizen trust. Before processing data, collect me you must. ( Hint – its a 7-letter word)
- I hide your data and secure your workflow. Put me in place and onward you go! – (10-letter word)
- The Digital soldier, a brave knight. I stand strong, be it day or night. ( A 8 letter word)
- Developers dream, use me to track, But you know, I am also a tasty snack. ( No need for a hint for this :p)
- I am usually a mile long, and I may be very dry, don’t share me with your customers and you will fry! ( there are two terms in this riddle
The Privacy Station Newsletter, curated by the Policy Team of eGov Foundation, aims to keep you informed about the latest trends and must-know topics related to Data Privacy, in an easy-to-understand manner. For the previous issues of the newsletter, click here.