Global Data Diaries | January 28, 2022

Updated: Apr 6

View from Peter Lancos, CEO

"Welcome to another edition of eXate's Global Data Diaries, a fortnightly blog series that aims to bring you the latest news, tips and insights from the world of data and data privacy. Millions of people are unaware of how their personal data is being collected and misused. In this edition we discuss Data Privacy Week (January 24 – 28), which is an international effort to create awareness about digital data privacy."

January 28th, the last day of the Data Privacy Week, is widely known as Data Protection Day and it commemorates the 1981 signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection. Data Privacy Week is helping people gain awareness about online privacy by educating people on how to manage personal information and methods for keeping data secure. Additionally, it is also making fastidious efforts to encourage and support organisations to treat data with respect. This includes education around data collection transparency, privacy management, privacy framework adoption etc.


One of the most crucial aspects discussed during this year's Data Privacy Week is the Privacy-Convenience trade-off. This is one of the hardest problems that we at eXate address. Privacy and Utility can be seen as the two ends of a seesaw, while hinging precariously on various organisational costs. In order to achieve the right balance, it is important to analyse the data at hand, make informed decisions regarding the privacy tools and technologies available.


According to the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCA), an organisation should take the following steps to build a resilient privacy/ security strategy:

  • Conduct and assessment of current data practices

  • Adopt a Privacy Framework

  • Educate employees about the importance and obligation towards protecting data

We, at eXate, aim to address hard privacy problems companies are trying to solve. To learn more about PETs and Data Privacy, visit our website here. Book a free demo with us to explore our Value Proposition and our platforms.


 

Themes & events associated with Data Privacy Week 2022

“With so much noise surrounding cybersecurity, people and businesses are often left with the dangerous misperception that there is nothing they can do on their own to manage their digital privacy or that it is an ‘all-or-nothing proposition,’ but the reality is quite different,” said Lisa Plaggemier, interim executive director of the National Cybersecurity Alliance.


“With just a little bit of clear guidance and tips, individuals and businesses can take back control of their digital lives, identify the most trustworthy partners and strike the perfect balance between privacy and convenience,” Plaggemier continued in a news release. “That’s why we have expanded Data Privacy Day into a full week-long initiative so that we can provide a huge slate of content and events that individuals and businesses can tap into so that they can take back control of their digital lives.”

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About Data Privacy Week

In 2022, National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCA) is excited to expand the Data Privacy Day campaign into Data Privacy Week, a full week-long initiative. Data Privacy Day began in the United States and Canada in January 2008 as an extension of Data Protection Day 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.

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Data Privacy Week – your data, your choice

This week is Data Privacy Week, an occasion championed by the National Cybersecurity Alliance, the American non-profit, public-private partnership promoting cybersecurity and privacy education and awareness. A key focus this year is empowering individuals to take back control of their data.

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