Data Privacy Day

January 29, 2018 4:19 pm Paul Mullin

Data Privacy Day

This weekend marks Data Privacy Day, a day designed to raise awareness of the importance of safeguarding information.

Millions of people are unaware and uninformed about how their personal information is being used, collected or shared and it is hoped that this day will help inform and educate.

This year’s event is especially important as it is the year that GDPR is finally introduced. It is hoped that Data Privacy Day can not only raise awareness of the new regulation and its effects, but also to inspire dialogue and empower people and companies to take action in regard to data.

Over the course of the last year we seen more and more sophisticated cyber-attacks which lead to huge data leaks. Similar breaches this year could mean that any company that suffers a huge data leak of personal information could be liable to pay out huge fines.


GDPR on Data Privacy Day

Businesses dealing with EU citizen’s data need to comply with GDPR in a matter of months. As its enforceable on 25th May 2018, Data Protection Day perhaps holds even more importance than in previous years. GDPR is due to change the business landscape, at least for those companies around the world that process the personal data of EU citizens.

Aside from the changes it means to business, GDPR aligns nicely with the ethos of Data Privacy Day. GDPR helps drive best practice in data integrity while providing a great opportunity to build customers trust.

Data Privacy Day Theme

This year’s theme is Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data and Enabling Trust. It is vital that organisations approach data privacy this way. Under GDPR, the ‘destruction, loss, alteration, unauthorised disclosure of, or access to’ people’s data has to be reported to a country’s data protection regulator. Falling foul of the GDPR can result in financial loss, damage to reputation and more.

Data Privacy Day provides organisations with the chance to engage with proper data privacy measures and can help kick start their ability to actively secure confidential information, especially where consumer data is concerned. Organisations should take the chance afforded by Data Privacy Day to make their organisation more secure and raise awareness amongst staff.

Do you feel there needs to be more data privacy awareness especially in relation to GDPR? How would you increase awareness to ensure everyone is ready for the May deadline?