What is Data Privacy Day?

Since 2008, America and Canada have marked 28th January as Data Privacy day. It?s to commemorate the signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection. It also helps to create awareness around the world of the importance for protecting data, and helps educate users on the basics and fundamentals. Since then many other countries around the world have got involved, including the UK, due to the ever-growing concern for protecting personal data.

?Data Privacy Day is an international effort held annually on Jan. 28 to create awareness about the importance of respecting privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust.? ? NCSA

Every year Data Privacy Day is led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), they run campaigns to create awareness and are advised by leading privacy professionals to ensure their campaigns are up to date with the most current issues.

Why is Data Privacy Day important?

This year Data Privacy Day is bigger than ever before as 2018 sees the introduction to the General Data Protection Regulation, a new law that will affect all businesses that handle personally identifiable data for any EU citizen. Businesses should be using Data Privacy Day to think about how they handle not only their own data, but ANY data that falls into this category.

If you haven?t looked at what the GDPR means for you and your business then you need to act now. GDPR carries fines of up to 4% of global turnover or ?20 million (whichever is higher), meaning the fines for non-compliance are serious business. Data Privacy Day is a great opportunity to start thinking about what?s needed but that?s just the start. To learn more about data privacy, GDPR, what it means for you and how we can help you with compliance, take a look at our four-step approach.