Celebrate Data Privacy Day Today and Focus on Personal Data Protection Year-Round

    Celebrate Data Privacy Day Today and Focus on Personal Data Protection

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2013

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Cyber
Security Alliance (NCSA), a non-profit public-private partnership focused on
helping all digital citizens stay safer and more secure online, is officially
kicking-off Data Privacy Day today along with Federal Trade Commissioner
Maureen Ohlhausen and other privacy and security experts from AT&T, Facebook,
Intel, MasterCard, Microsoftand the federal government during a forum at The
George Washington University Law School from 8-11:30 a.m. ET. The event will
be broadcast via Facebook Live from 8:30-11:30 a.m. ET at:

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The forum will explore respecting privacy, safeguarding data, privacy
innovation and the implications for personal information in the digital age
and the mobile environment. Daniel Solove, John Marshall Harlan Research
Professor of Law at The George Washington University School of Law, is the
host of the event.

Data Privacy Day is celebrated across the United States, Canada, Council of
Europe member countries, and a host of other countries across the globe. The
day constitutes an international collaboration and nationwide effort to
educate and raise awareness about data privacy, stewardship of data and
protecting the privacy of personal information.

For the past five years, the U.S. Senate has designated January 28^th as
National Data Privacy Day. Again this year, U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller
(D-West Virginia) is sponsoring a Senate resolution to encourage more people
nationwide to be aware of data privacy and take all necessary steps to prevent
data loss and respect privacy. The resolution calls on state and local
governments, educators, privacy professionals, and corporations to observe the
day with appropriate activities and initiatives that raise awareness about
data privacy protection.

"Data Privacy Day highlights a year-round effort for all of us to improve
measures to protect our personal data," said Michael Kaiser, executive
director of the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). "We want all digital
citizens to feel like they have a choice in how their data is being collected,
stored, and consumed and that starts with being educated about the privacy
policies of online companies and Web properties. As society increasingly
becomes more wired, it's imperative we understand how to best protect our

To mark  Data Privacy Day 2013, Microsoft Corp. has also released new data
reflecting consumers' perceptions about how their information is used online.
A main finding of the survey, which polled 1,000 American adults, is that
forty-five percent said they have little or no control over the personal
information companies gather about them while they are browsing the Web or
using online services – such as photo-sharing, travel or gaming. More
information about the survey and a series of short videos called "Privacy in
Action" is available at: http://www.microsoft.com/yourprivacy.

Also in conjunction with Data Privacy Day, an updated edition of the
best-selling digital citizenship book lol...OMG!, by Matt Ivester, tailored
specially for high school students will be available for FREE download from
Amazon until 11:59 p.m. PT on January 29^th. lol…OMG! empowers students to
clean up and maintain a positive online presence and to become responsible
digital citizens. Intel and Reed Elsevier are underwriting the promotion. The
free download of the book is available at: http://www.lolomgfree.com/.

For anyone interested in getting involved with Data Privacy Day in other ways,
the Web portal offers tips and resources for parents, teachers, educators,
businesses and others at: http://www.staysafeonline.org/dpd. Keep pace of Data
Privacy Day happenings on Facebook and Twitter at:
https://www.facebook.com/DataPrivacyNCSA and www.twitter.com/DataPrivacyDay
and the DPD Twitter hashtag is #DPD13.

About Data Privacy Day
Led by the National Cyber Security Alliance, Data Privacy Day began in the
United States and Canada in January 2008 as an extension of the Data
Protection Day celebration in Europe. The Day commemorates the 1981 signing of
Convention 108 – the first legally binding international treaty dealing with
privacy and data protection. Intel is a Platinum sponsor of Data Privacy Day.
Gold sponsors include AT&T, Facebook, Microsoft and Google. Intuit, MasterCard
and The George Washington University Law School are Silver sponsors and
Reputation.com is a Small Business Sponsor.

About The National Cyber Security Alliance
The National Cyber Security Alliance is a non-profit organization. Through
collaboration with the government, corporate, non-profit and academic sectors,
the mission of the NCSA is to educate and empower a digital citizenry to use
the Internet securely and safely. NCSA board members include: ADP, AT&T, Bank
of America, EMC Corporation, ESET, Facebook, Google, Intel, McAfee, Microsoft,
PayPal, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Symantec, Trend
Micro, Verizon and Visa.

SOURCE National Cyber Security Alliance

Website: http://www.staysafeonline.org
Contact: Aimee Larsen Kirkpatrick, National Cyber Security Alliance,
+1-202-570-7431, aimee@staysafeonline.org; or Krista Alestock, 463
Communications, +1-202-463-0013 x209, krista.alestock@463.com
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