The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) is joining the growing effort among international organizations, corporations, educational institutions, government entities and municipalities across the globe to promote privacy awareness. Data Privacy Day, observed annually on January 28, is an international effort to empower and educate people to protect their privacy and control their digital footprint.
NASCIO supports Data Privacy Day as a Champion, recognizing the principle that organizations, businesses and government all share the responsibility to be conscientious stewards of data by respecting privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust. Data Privacy Day encourages Internet users to consider the privacy implications of their online actions and motivate all companies to make the protection of privacy and data a greater priority.
“Security, including the protection of data, was voted the number one state CIO priority of 2014,” stated Craig Orgeron, NASCIO president and Mississippi chief information officer. “Essential to the role of state CIOs is implementing the necessary security protocols and measures that support privacy policies, protecting the personally identifiable information of citizens.”
Coordinated and led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), Data Privacy Day began in the United States and Canada in January 2008 as an extension of the Data Protection Day celebration in Europe. The day, January 28, commemorates the 1981 signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection. For more information about Data Privacy Day, the DPD Champions program, and how to participate in DPD activities, visit http://www.staysafeonline.org/data-privacy-day/