Businesses, government agencies and other organizations around the world are gearing up for Data Privacy Day 2012, which takes place on January 28, according to the nonprofit National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA).
Microsoft, Google, MasterCard and Stanford Law Schools’ Center for Internet and Society are all listed as organizations set to participate in the worldwide event, which underscores the importance of data privacy in both the private and public sectors, as well as among consumers.
“NCSA is very excited to see widespread support for Data Privacy Day 2012 throughout industry, government, businesses and communities around the world,” said Michael Kaiser, executive director of the NCSA. “Every day 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.”
The day will see a number of initiatives, seminars and other events surrounding data privacy. Several of Data Privacy Day’s participants, including Microsoft, the Online Trust Alliance and others, will host events leading up to the big day.
One interesting Data Privacy Day participant is Facebook, which has had frequent run-ins with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and other regulatory bodies in regards to its data privacy efforts.
On January 19, the Facebook security team announced that its newly appointed chief privacy officer, Erin Egan, will participate in the Privacy & Security: Best Practices in Action panel. Egan, who was previously the co-chairwoman of Covington and Burling’s global privacy and data security practice, was hired by Facebook in September 2011 in an effort to reduce some of the criticism of the social network’s privacy practices.
In recent years, Facebook has been under near-constant scrutiny. In November, for example, the company reached an agreement with the FTC after being accused of eight counts of data privacy violations dating back to 2009. As part of the settlement, Facebook is required to submit to privacy audits for the next 20 years and will be fined as much as $160,000 per day for any future violations.
Nevertheless, the company’s participation in Data Privacy Day shows that it is making efforts to improve its practices and raise awareness about data privacy. Organizations may consider following Facebook’s lead by using Data Privacy Day as a platform to highlight the importance of data privacy.
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