data privacy

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.

Celebrating Data Privacy Day / Data Protection Day 2020

Data Privacy Day 2020 - Data Protection Day 2020

Do you really know how your personal information is being collected, shared, and used (or misused) on the internet? While there’s a growing awareness that we need to keep our data private, many people underestimate how valuable their personal data is. Yet there’s a reason Facebook, Google, and Amazon have built empires out of what some refer to as the data economy.

A holiday was created in 2008 to commemorate the first legally binding international treaty regarding privacy and data protection. Called Data Privacy Day in the U.S. and Data Protection Day in the E.U., it’s celebrated every year on January 28 as an annual call-to-action for smarter and more responsible management of personal data. promises to protect privacy - again

Did you hear the one about the company that notoriously abused its customers’ private data for years, then suddenly started claiming that it’s all about privacy? It’s no joke, and far from a laughing matter for consumer privacy advocates.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently announced that his company would begin encrypting private messages on its soon-to-be-consolidated three messaging platforms: Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp. Zuckerberg went further, positioning the move as symbolic of Facebook’s new commitment to protecting user privacy.

If you’ve been following the news for the past year, you can be forgiven for rolling your eyes.