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Data Privacy Day (known in Europe as Data Protection Day) is an international event that occurs every year on 28 January. The purpose is to raise awareness and promote privacy and data protection best practices.
The day was initiated by the Council of Europe to be first held in 2007 as the European Data Protection Day. Two years later, on 26 January 2009, the United States House of Representatives passed House Resolution HR 31 by a vote of 402–0, declaring 28 January National Data Privacy Day. On 28 January 2009, the Senate passed Senate Resolution 25 also recognizing 28 January 2009 as National Data Privacy Day. The United States Senate also recognized Data Privacy Day in 2010 and 2011.
Data privacy and other online safety and security issues and tips comes up regularly here on the TechSoup forum. including:
Cybersecurity Basics Your Nonprofit Needs to Know
How to be a journalist and manage your online privacy (good for nonprofits as well)
Developing Your Security Foundation: A Guide for Nonprofits During the Pandemic and Beyond
It's a good day to remind your employees, consultants and volunteers about things they can do to keep their data safe online, like how and when to use VPNs, how to keep their devices secure and data safe from other people in their households (a bigger problem than most people realize), confidentiality guidelines, etc.
-=-=-=-=-=- Jayne Cravens Author, The LAST Virtual Volunteering Guidebook
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