Privacy Blog

"Friends don’t let friends get spied on.' – Richard Stallman, President of the Free Software Foundation and longtime advocate of privacy in technology.

Today is National Data Privacy Day

Data Privacy Day (known in Europe as Data Protection Day is an international event that occurs every year on 28th January. The purpose of Data Privacy Day is to raise awareness about data privacy, the importance of individual privacy rights, and the need to protect personally identifiable information from improper use and disclosure. It is currently observed in the United States, Canada, Israel and 47 European countries.

Sadly, National Data Privacy Day has not made much of an impact. According to an article by Taylor Armerding and published in Forbes:

“Given the current state of big data collection and “sharing” (selling) by online giants and telcos, combined with the power of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to draw intrusive inferences about us from all that data, it would be much more accurate to call it Privacy is Dead Day. Or Lack of Privacy Day.

“Because the modern threats to privacy are not just that your credit card or bank account could get compromised. It is that your life – everything about your life – can be collected and analyzed by companies, governments, groups and even individuals in a way that, collectively, starts to sound very much like Big Brother.”

You can read a lot more about the shortcomings of National Data Privacy Day at http://bit.ly/2uDN1wX.

Categories: Online Privacy & Security, Security, Thoughts About Privacy

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