All You Need To Know About Privacy Month

January : The Privacy Month of the year, but what does that actually mean? What is Privacy Month? Well, today I’m gonna tell you that why we celebrate privacy month each year & why you should also know about this. Before looking forward,  let me tell you what do you mean by Data Privacy.

Data Privacy : It is the privacy of personal information and usually relates to personal data stored on computer systems.
The need to maintain data privacy is applicable to collected personal information, such as medical records, financial data, criminal records, political records, business related information or website data. Data privacy is also known as information privacy.Data privacy issues can arise in response to information from a wide range of sources, such as:

1. Healthcare Records
2. Criminal Justice investigations and proceedings
3. Financial institution and transactions
4. Biological traits, such as genetic material
5. Residence and geographic records
6. Ethnicity
7. Privacy Breach
8. Location-based service and Geolocation

Now, you have a idea of what is Data Privacy, when it comes to privacy all you need is protection, right ? 😀

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Source : Microsoft

What is Data Protection & why it is needed ?

Data protection is commonly defined as the law designed to protect your personal information, which is collected, processed and stored by “automated” means or intended to be part of a filing system. In modern societies, to empower us to control our information and to protect us from abuses, it is essential that data protection laws restrain and shape the activities of companies and governments.Every time you use a service, buy a product online, register for email, go to your doctor, pay your taxes, or enter into any contract or service request, you have to hand over some of your personal information. Even without your knowledge, information about you is being generated and captured by companies and agencies you are likely to have never knowingly interacted with. The only way citizens and consumers can have confidence in both government and business is through strong data protection practices, with effective legislation to help minimise needless monitoring by officialdom and regulate surveillance by companies.

While most of the people were busy in celebrating new year some of the passionate people, mozillians and other privacy & security companies is working 24×7 to aware you about online privacy polices & tips.

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Source : Mozilla

Yes, it is an international effort held annually on January 28 to create awareness about the importance of privacy and protecting personal information online.Data Privacy Day began in the United States and Canada in January 2008 as an extension of the Data Protection Day celebration in Europe. Data Protection Day commemorates the Jan. 28, 1981, signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection. Data Privacy Day is now a celebration for everyone, observed annually on Jan. 28.The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) assumed leadership of Data Privacy Day from the Privacy Projects in August 2011. A nonprofit, public-private partnership dedicated to promoting a safer, more secure and more trusted Internet, NCSA is advised by a distinguished advisory committee of privacy professionals.Data Privacy Day is part of a greater privacy awareness and education effort for digital citizens. Year-round, NCSA educates consumers on how they can own their online presence and shows organizations how privacy is good for business & for their personal use.

Get Involved

You can get involved at home, at work and in your community. Take action and help create a culture of privacy awareness.

NCSA’s #PrivacyAware campaign provides free, non-proprietary resources to help you spread the word about privacy and protecting personal information! Here are some of the things you can do:

1. At WorkPrivacy is good for business: Create a culture of privacy at work by teaching all employees what privacy means to your organization and the role they have in making sure privacy is achieved and maintained.

2. At HomeOwn your online presence: Help you and your family be #PrivacyAware. Talk to your family and friends about protecting personal information and how to stay safe online. Get started with these tips.
In Your CommunityShare your privacy knowledge: Volunteer in a local school, senior care facility or faith-based organization, send messages on community listservs and use resources from the #PrivacyAware campaign to spread the word.

3. Attend a Data Privacy Day event: Promote your event or see what Data Privacy Day activities are taking place in your area.

This cause was supported by many organizations but one of my favorite is mozilla, one of the non-profit organization continuously working for building a better internet & awarded as the most trusted internet company twice. It feels great to work with such a global organization and with my regional community Mozilla Uttar Pradesh. We’re going to organize some privacy events this month till then stay tuned and Let’s teach the web about #PrivacyMonth  #Advocate4Privacy

Source : staysafeonline

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