Celebrating 40 years of Data Privacy Day

Each year, January 28 marks a global effort to highlight one of the most important aspects of our digital world: data privacy.

That’s because the first legally-binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection, Convention 108, was ratified by the Council of Europe on January 28, 1981 — 40 years ago today. Americans commemorate the signing with Data Privacy Day, while Europeans observe the same anniversary as Data Protection Day.

Whatever you call the day, in the 40 years since the signing, the importance of data privacy has probably never been higher than it is today.