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    Celebrate International Data Privacy Day

    Monday, January 28, is International Data Privacy Day. Take the time to think about how privacy is important in your life and how you can protect your rights from being infringed upon. Please also take the time to donate to any number of organizations out there trying to protect your privacy rights.

    Visit the official site to find events near your area. Here are a few highlights in the United States and internationally:


    On Wednesday, Jan. 23, the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and the High Tech Law Institute sponsors “Privacy by Design: An Engineering Ethics Perspective.” Three computer scientists “will offer their perspectives on the efforts to get privacy ‘baked into’ new products, as well as on the role that engineering ethics plays in those efforts. The panelists are Ben Adida (Director of Identity at Mozilla and technical advisor to Creative Commons), Brian Kennish (ex-Googler and co-founder of Disconnect), and Arvind Narayanan (Assistant Professor at Princeton and affiliate scholar at Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society).” Time and location: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Santa Clara University. For more information and to RSVP:

    North Carolina

    On Friday, Jan. 25, the North Carolina Journal of Law and Technology hosts “U.S. v. Jones: Defining a Search in the 21st Century.” “Topics for discussion include the third party doctrine; viable ways for law enforcement agencies to structure investigative processes involving digital technology; an overview of the cases that have come out since Jones that involve GPS tracking; the mosaic theory; and how technology impacts the ‘poverty exception’ to the Fourth Amendment.” The keynote speaker will be Walter Dellinger, who represented Jones before the Supreme Court in U.S. v. Jones. Time and location: 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill. For more information:

    Nova Scotia

    On Wednesday, Jan. 30, Dalhousie University hosts “Dalhousie Data Privacy Day 2013.” “Keynote presenters Jill Clayton, Alberta’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, and Simon Davies, founder and former Director General of Privacy International, will cap what promises to be a lively and informative conference. Our three other speakers are: Peter Morin (Senior Manager, IT Security, Bell Aliant), Dwight Fischer (Dalhousie’s CIO), and John Bullock (Dalhousie’s Information Security Manager).” Time and location: noon to 4:30 p.m. at the Dalhousie University Campus, Halifax. Registration, which includes lunch, is $30. For more information:

    United Kingdom

    On Monday, Jan. 28, Innovation Warehouse hosts “London Data Privacy Day: Should We Align our Different Views on Privacy?” “Thought leaders from government, academia and industry will explore: ‘Should we align our different views on privacy?’ Given that your view of privacy is different to mine should your view of policing it affect me. This debate will focus on how to manage expectations and experiences of privacy and how to deal with education and harm.” Time and location: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Innovation Center in London. For more information:

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