Data Privacy Day

Data Privacy Day Champion logoData Privacy Day (DPD) is an annual international event held each year on January 28th to promote awareness about the many ways personal information is collected, stored, used, and shared. It is also an opportunity to provide education about privacy practices that will enable individuals to protect their personal information. It has many champions who partner with the National Cyber Security Alliance by educating their customers, citizens, employees and communities through events, activities and other methods.

CIS is proud to be one of those champions and has held a variety of events over the last few years in celebration that included seminars, workshops, Brown Bags and film screenings. For DPD 2018 CIS' Information Security Group (ISG) recommends the article Privacy is Our Shared Responsibility, as well as the following online events, videos, and resources. We also invite you to check out the tools and tips on the Guard Your Privacy section of our site, as well as to follow us on social media @ISGatBrown.

Online Events

Student Privacy in Higher Education: What's Next?: January 26 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., presented by EDUCAUSE.
The chief privacy officer of the US Department of Education (ED), Kathleen Styles, will brief us on trends in higher education privacy, discussing in particular recent ED guidance about limitations on how institutions can use financial assistance data. She will also discuss ED's new emphasis on data security in higher education, as well as the implications for your school.

Data Privacy Day Event 2018 - Streamed Live from LinkedIn HQ: January 25 from 1:35 p.m. - 5:35 p.m., presented by the National Cyber Security Alliance. This event will feature engaging panels, TED-style talks and interviews focusing on the latest privacy issues you should know about.

Agenda (All Times EST)

  • 1:35 – 2:00 Looking into a Crystal Ball: What Your Data Says About You
  • 2:05 – 2:15 Five Things You Can Do to Manage Your Privacy Now
  • 2:20 – 2:40 What You Should Know About The Internet of Me and Your Privacy
  • 2:45 – 3:00 How to Read a Privacy Policy in Less Than 60 Seconds
  • 3:00 – 4:00 Broadcast Break
  • 4:05 – 4:30 Staying Competitive – Why Privacy is Good for Your Business
  • 4:35 – 4:50 What’s an Algorithm Got to Do With It?
  • 4:55 – 5:15 Balancing Act: Privacy and Innovation
  • 5:20 – 5:35 Mapping Your DNA and What It Means for Your Privacy


Want to learn more about Data Privacy Day plus get a few tips? Watch this short video.

The Power of Privacy is an unsettling but timely film, from partnering with the newspaper The Guardian.

In addition, we recommend three of the lectures from the 2016 course The Surveillance State, hosted by Professor Paul Rosenzweig of George Washington University Law School and available from Brown's video streaming service Kanopy.

Big Data’s Shadow (Episode 7)
The government and private industries are using a vast cache of information about each of us: our travel patterns, our web browsing habits, our purchasing preferences, and more. Efforts to decide upon and enact laws and policies trail behind new developments in technology, and this lecture examines the potential inherent in such deep and widespread data--as well as the threat it poses to privacy and anonymity.

Some Problems with Privacy  (Episode 8)
Because our privacy laws are so far behind today's technology, we need a modern conception of privacy that offers enough flexibility for national security, but that also protects against abuse. Here, reflect on the nature of privacy and consider the two extremes: a Panopticon world of total surveillance on the one hand, and complete invisibility on the other.

Your Personal Data Is the Product  (Episode 18)
Surveillance dilemmas also play a significant role in the commercial world, where private companies have amassed incredible amounts of data about us. Step into the intriguing world of commercial data aggregation and predictive analytics, and explore the complicated legal and ethical questions surrounding the commercial collection and use of data. 


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Other Resources from StaySafeOnline

  • Free Security Check-Ups​: Check your computer for known viruses, spyware, and discover if your computer is vulnerable to cyber attacks.
  • Manage Your Privacy Settings:​ One-stop shop for easy instructions to update your privacy settings wherever and however you go online.
  • Tips for Parents: Information regarding cyberbullying, child identity theft, facebook for parents, social networking, etc.
  • Resources for Educators:​ Prepared educational materials for the classroom, K - 12th grades.
  • CyberSecure Your Business: Informational resources for businesses regarding bring your own device, infroamtion security, document destruction, compliance, data breach, and risk managment.