Data Privacy Day 2012 is upon us

Coordinated and led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), Data Privacy Day on January 28, 2012 will promote the importance of data privacy and encourage digital citizens to exercise closer control over how their personal information is collected, shared, and stored online.

A myriad of events, trainings, and initiatives leading up to Data Privacy Day will take place throughout the United States, Canada, Council of Europe member countries, and a host of other countries across the globe.

“NCSA is very excited to see widespread support for Data Privacy Day 2012 throughout industry, government, businesses, and communities around the world,” said Executive Director of the National Cyber Security Alliance, Michael Kaiser. “Everyday our lives become more reliant on the Internet and the goal behind Data Privacy Day is to educate digital citizens on how to protect their personal information online and make them more aware of the impact that technology has in their lives. While we celebrate Data Privacy Day on January 28th, we want audiences to use safe data privacy practices year-round.”

The breadth of additional events both across the world and in the U.S. shows a dynamic commitment on the part of other organizations in making Data Privacy Day a success. These activities include the following:

January 24, 2012, San Francisco, CA – Microsoft presents, “The Collection of Online Consumer Data: the Good, the Bad and the Unknown,” – an open forum discussion at the Churchill Club. This event will explore the growing tension between economic opportunities to mine the ever-increasing amounts of data available online vs. consumer and regulator desire for strong privacy protections.

January 24, 2012, Chicago, IL – The Online Trust Alliance (OTA) will host a “Privacy & Data Protection Town Hall.” The breakfast panel will focus on pressing privacy and data security issues affecting every business and organization and will include Craig Spiezle, OTA executive director and president among other leaders in the business community.

February 2, 2012, Miami, FL – Susan McAndrew, deputy director of the HHS Office for Civil Rights, Health Information Privacy, will join a group of invited leaders in healthcare for “The Health Privacy Salon.” These leaders will convene to discuss the latest issues in health privacy law.

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