European Data Protection Digest

Data Privacy Day Raises Awareness, EDPS Issues Statement

PRIVACY

January 31, 2013

The U.S.-based National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) officially kicked off Data Privacy Day events with a broadcast from George Washington University Law School featuring U.S. Federal Trade Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen and privacy and security experts from industry and government. Observed in countries across the globe, “Data Privacy Day highlights a year-round effort for all of us to improve measures to protect our personal data,” said NCSA Executive Director Michael Kaiser, noting, “We want all digital citizens to feel like they have a choice in how their data is being collected, stored and consumed and that starts with being educated about the privacy policies of online companies and web properties. As society increasingly becomes more wired, it's imperative we understand how to best protect our data.” European Data Protection Supervisor Peter Hustinx issued a message in honour of the occasion reminding individuals that they “have the right to know what information is held about you on major government and industry databases. In some circumstances you can object to the processing of your personal information, and you’re entitled to complain if your rights to privacy and data protection are being infringed.”
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