More recently, Data Privacy Day celebrations have extended to span a whole week or even the entire month of January, with the primary aim of raising awareness of privacy and data protection best practices.
How can I celebrate Data Privacy Day this year?
Each year, Data Privacy Day represents a moment for organizations and individuals to educate themselves and those around them about privacy. Celebrating Data Privacy Day looks different to everyone. Some may want to read up on that particular topic they can’t ever find the time for. Some may prefer to join an event and listen to what the experts have to say. Others may want to educate those around them by circulating educational materials.
This year OneTrust has put together a full program of events for you to join, including panels hosted by our regional Chapter Chairs and OneTrust-hosted discussions with expert panelists. See the full list below:
Upcoming webinars for Data Privacy Day
- Spain – Evaluaciones de impacto a la privacidad (PIA)
- Germany – Herausforderungen im Datenschutz 2023
- Italy – Data Privacy Day: Cos’ è cambiato e prospettive future
- US – Data Privacy Day: Protiviti & OneTrust
- Global – Data Privacy Day 2023: Keeping up and staying ahead
- PrivacyConnect San Jose – What does Data Privacy Day mean to you?
- PrivacyConnect Vienna – Cyberattacks: Lessons learned and must-haves
- PrivacyConnect Bucharest – AI must serve us all: A look into the near regulatory horizon
- France – Webinar démo live RGPD
- PrivacyConnect Barcelona – Data Privacy Day: Claves de 2022 y retos para 2023
Register for all the events listed above here.
We have also produced a range of downloadable materials for you to use to raise privacy awareness among your employees. Using those materials, you might choose to hold a privacy workshop or you might opt to include them in a company-wide email highlighting some of your privacy team’s successes over the past year. Whichever way you choose to raise awareness this Data Privacy Day, here are a few materials to get you started:
- Your Data Privacy Day 2023 handbook – This eBook provides the who, what, and whys of Data Privacy Day, as well as profiling some of the most prominent privacy and data protection laws from around the world. The eBook also includes a snapshot into the history of Data Privacy Day and an email template for communicating Data Privacy Day to your colleagues. Download it here.
- OneTrust Data Privacy Day quiz sheet – Got 30 minutes? Use this 20-question quiz to test the privacy knowledge of your peers. You could even incentivize a little friendly competition by awarding the winner a prize. Download it here.
- OneTrust privacy awareness-raising posters – Send these digital posters across your organizations to promote some top tips for personal privacy and spark conversations about keeping safe online. Download them here (Poster 1 | Poster 2 | Poster 3 | Poster 4 | Poster 5)
How can I protect my personal privacy online?
The internet is a scary place. At every turn, you can be confronted by a potential scam or scheme to steal your personal information. Companies can track your behavior and, in some cases, even your location. You can strike up a decent conversation, only to discover you were messaging an AI-powered chat bot. So, it really does pay to arm yourself with a little knowledge to keep you and your browsing habits safe. Check out the infographic below where we’ve highlighted 14 different ways you can protect yourself online. Here are a few in more detail:
- Limit the personal information you share on social media – Look, we get it. You want to share that moodily-lit photo of your expensive dinner from that hyper-exclusive restaurant. But limiting exactly what you share on social media can have a big impact on your personal privacy. If you do want to share certain information online, consider making use of the privacy settings on the website or even on the browser you are using.
- Don’t click links or open attachments from suspicious or unknown emails – It may sound obvious, but as we’ve re-emerged into a post-pandemic world with an added reliance on digitalization, phishing scams are at an all-time high – many of which are convincing and sophisticated. So, think twice before opening that attachment from someone you don’t know.
- Know your privacy rights and how to exercise them in your state or country – The Beastie Boys once told us we need to fight for our right to party. At OneTrust, we say you need to fight for your right to privacy. That starts with knowing your rights and how you can exercise them. Most modern privacy laws grant individuals the right to access the information a business holds on them and in many cases, there is also a right to request that information be erased.
- Opt-out of data collection by using universal preference signals – Universal preference signals may sound like scary tech jargon, but in actuality, they are commonplace and quite easy to use. In layman’s terms, universal preference signals allow you have greater control over how your information is used online and can be set up in only a few clicks through your browser settings.