Data Privacy Day

Today in Security: Data Privacy Day

​​Today, 28 January, is Data Privacy Day. Led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) in the United States, it promotes the theme, "Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data, and Enabling Trust."

To generate awareness of data privacy challenges, NCSA will host a webcast today at 2:00 p.m. Pacific time (5:00 p.m. Eastern). "A New Era in Privacy" will stream live from LinkedIn in San Francisco. Leading experts from industry, government, and nonprofits will discuss privacy regulations, corporate strategies, and technologies, among other things.

NCSA also offers a wealth of resources for consumers and businesses, including reports, advice, and toolkits for protecting one's own information, as well as customer data.

Another supporter of Data Privacy Day is the Cyber Security & Information Systems Information Analysis Center (CSIAC). The group provides more information for businesses and the general public on its website.

According to the 2018 Unisys Security In​dex, there are many situations where Americans don't want to share their personal data with certain organizations. For example, 42% don't want health insurance providers to track their fitness activity via wearable monitors; 38% don't want police accessing data from their wearable fitness monitors; 34% don't want medical devices such as pacemakers or blood sugar sensors to transmit information to their doctors; and 27% don't want sensors in their luggage that communicate with an airport's baggage management system.

Security Management regularly reports on cybersecurity and privacy issues. This month, Senior Editor Megan Gates describes global efforts to improve privacy in "The Privacy Problem." Among other things, the article highlights the Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace, which was introduced at the 2018 UNESCO Internet Governance Forum in Paris. 

Another major influence in today's global privacy environment is the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) enacted by the European Union last year. Security Management covered the incepti​​on of GDPR and will continue to report on its impact on the international community.