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    Happy Data Privacy Day 2009

    Today is Data Privacy Day, and people are celebrating in the US, Canada and 27 European countries. How can you celebrate?

    You can take the time to reflect on the many privacy questions and problems that occur daily — the proliferation of surveillance cameras used to watch schoolchildren or other people for minor offenses; the ease with which insiders are able to access sensitive personal data of celebrities or other innocent people; numerous security breaches affecting individuals’ finances; the creation of government dossiers on individuals legally exercising their Constitutional rights; and many more.

    You can donate to any number of organizations out there trying to protect your rights. 

    Or you can access numerous events and resources including:

    — Government’s Role in Increasing Privacy Awareness and Trust, 4:30-6:30 p.m.; 2168 Rayburn House Office Building; Washington D.C. Featuring Congressman David Price and Member of the European Parliament Alexander Alvaro.

    — Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, “Top 10 Ways Your Privacy Is Threatened.”

    — The California Office of Privacy Protection has launched the training presentation, “Secure Your Computer to Protect Your Privacy,” which can be used by community organizations, businesses or individuals to provide basic training on securing information on home computers.

    — A Privacy Policy Workshop at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society sponsored by Covington & Burling, LLP, 12:50-2:00pm, Room 280B, Stanford Law School; 559 Nathan Abbott Way, StanfordCA. Ryan Calo, a Consumer Privacy fellow with the Center, and Mali Friedman, with Covington & Burling, will discuss the law and policy obligating companies to post notice of their privacy practices, walk through how to write an effective privacy policy, and discuss the future of online notice.

    Find out more at the Data Privacy Day site.

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