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Data Privacy Day: How valuable are you?

Most people are unaware of how their personal information is being used, collected, or shared in our digital society. Data Privacy Day is Jan. 28 and its goal is to inspire dialogue and empower individuals to take action and be better informed.

Privacy or security?

You can put a lock and bars on a window to keep someone from getting, but this still allows you to look out of the window and others to look in. This is security.

Preventing others from looking into the window by putting a curtain or a one-way filter on your window is privacy.

Security is about maintaining information’s confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

Privacy is about how data is collected, stored, transmitted, and destroyed.

As a consumer (at home):

  • Remind them that personal information is like money. Value it. Protect it. Learn about and understand how your personal information is collected through apps and websites.
  • Also, ask them to share with care. Think before posting about yourself and others online. Consider what a post reveals, who might see it, and how it could be perceived now and in the future.

At work (as an employee):

  • If you collect it, protect it. Follow reasonable security measures to protect individuals’ personal information from inappropriate and unauthorized access.
  • Be open and honest about how you collect, use, and share personal information
  • In addition to your privacy practices, do your due diligence and monitor partners and vendors. You are also responsible for how they use and collect personal information.