January 28 is 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. Also, please donate to any number of organizations out there trying to protect your rights generally.
Visit the official site to find events near your area. Here are a few highlights in the United States and internationally:
On January 28, 2010, the FTC will hold the second of three roundtable discussions exploring the privacy challenges posed by the vast array of 21st century technology and business practices that collect and use consumer data. The event will be held at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, Booth Auditorium, Boalt Hall, in Berkeley, CA and will be viewable via webcast. Questions for comment in advance of the second roundtable have been posted at the Roundtable webpage. The Commission requests that comments for the second roundtable be submitted by December 21, 2009, to ensure ample time for consideration.
The American Conference Institute presents its 9th Annual Advanced Forum on Privacy and Security of Consumer & Employee Information: Protecting and Managing Sensitive Data in an Increasingly Portable and Changing Marketplace, January 26-27, 2010, at The Madison, a Loews Hotel, in Washington, D.C. The Forum will feature the following speakers from the federal government: Cora Tung Han, an attorney with the FTC’s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection; William H. Henley, Jr., Director of IT Examinations for the Office of Thrift Supervision; Alain Sheer, Senior Attorney with the FTC’s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection; and John Walsh, Chief Counsel for the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations. Register for the event; view a complete list of excellent speakers drawn from private industry, state and federal governments, the financial sector, and law firms; and access the Agenda at the forum webpage.
Here’s a listing of state government events.
“Privacy by Design: The Gold Standard” Join Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Ontario’s Information & Privacy Commissioner, on the morning of January 28, 2010 at the Toronto Board of Trade for her annual symposium to commemorate International Data Privacy Day – “Privacy by Design: The Gold Standard.” Come hear the Commissioner, and a distinguished group of speakers, including Dr. Kai Rannenberg, T-Mobile Chair for Mobile Business and Multilateral Security, Goethe University, Frankfurt, and, Art Smith, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of GS1 Canada, who will describe how Privacy by Design has benefited their organizations. Learn how this practical, time-tested approach protects personal information while ensuring the functionality of technologies and business practices.
On January 28, 2010, the University of Alberta, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta, Deloitte, and Service Alberta , Government of Alberta, present a symposium on Data Breaches and Data Breach Reporting in honor of Data Privacy Day. Featuring Frank Work, Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta; David Loukidelis, Information and Privacy Commissioner of British Columbia; Gary Dickson, Information and Privacy Commissioner of Saskatchewan; and keynote speaker Don Sheehy of Deloitte, the event will be held from 8:15 – 11:30 am in the MacKenzie Room of the Delta Edmonton Centre Suite Hotel, Conference Centre (Next to Elephant and Castle on second level of City Centre Mall), 10222 102 Street.
Organized by the Office for Personal Data Protection, Czech Republic: 4th competition for children and youth entitled “My Privacy! Don’t Look, Don’t Poke About!” will be launched, separately for two categories of children/young people with two specific themes:
- Which animal’s protection of privacy is the best one? And why? Design and describe (for 7 – 11 years old children);
- Design your “Privacyguard” for your computer (for 12 – 18 years old young people)
The Award Ceremony of winners will take place at the 50th International Film Festival for Children and Youth in the town of Zlín in June 2010. The OPDP will prepare exhibition of works in the hall of the central cinema and in the “movie train”; the winner of the elder category will be awarded by the membership in the children’s festival jury. The competition will receive a special promotion by cooperation with the pedagogical staff (211 teachers, school directors etc.) that participated in the 3 years program “Personal Data in Education.”
A special edition of the daily newspaper for children “MON QUOTIDIEN” will be issued on January 28th, 2010 and sent to 68,000 subscribers and 8,000 classes; This 8-page daily newspaper is designed for children between 10 & 15.
The release of a short film (30 secondes) on the traces left on the Web and the right to oblivion, in cooperation with “Internet sans crainte” (means Internet without fear), a national campaign aimed at raising awareness of youngsters about the use of the Internet.
“Health data on the web: What are the risks and side effects for the patient’s personal rights?” Organised by the Berlin Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information.
“Mouseclick and knowledge – data protection as teaching mission” (pdf). Sponsored by Der Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Rheinland-Pfalz and Landeszentrale für Medien und Kommunikation.