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Raising Data Privacy Awareness: 4th Annual Data Privacy Day

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January 28, 2011, marks the fourth annual Data Privacy Day and more than 27 countries around the globe have been celebrating the occasion all week long.  The goal? To raise awareness around data privacy issues and the importance of protecting personal data, as well as rights and protections related to personal data.

Here in the US, there are tons of activities and events going on across the country but the most notable would have to be “The Technology of Privacy: When Geeks Meet Wonks,” a public discussion hosted by Google’s D.C. Talks initiative. Can’t attend in person? Don’t worry –it’s Google, you can catch the replay on the Google Privacy Channel on YouTube.

For a quick and easy rundown on what you can do to protect yourself and your data right now, take a look at the 12 Tips for Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft from our chairman and founder, Adam Levin.

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And we can’t forget about our friends across the pond. Europe celebrates their fifth annual Data Protection Day today — slightly different vernacular, but the same principle. Today also happens to be the 30th anniversary of the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with Regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data, otherwise known as “Convention 108.”  In honor of this event, the Council of Europe and the European Commission will “join forces and promote the fundamental right to data protection.”  How do they plan to do so?  Watch the announcement from the EDPS to find out:

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