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Data Privacy Day is January 28

With NSA snooping and the breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus, privacy and security is a major concern for every digital person. Data Privacy Day, held annually on January 28, encourages everyone to make protecting privacy and data a greater priority. DPD is an effort to empower and educate people to protect their privacy and control their digital footprint.

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National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) will hold the flagship annual DPD event at The Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington, D.C. featuring the Federal Trade Commission's director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection, Jessica Rich as the keynote, followed by discussions with industry thought leaders who will explore topics like Respecting Consumer Privacy in a Big Data World, current research from the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project and Notice and Consent. Select panelists include: Brendon Lynch, chief privacy officer, Microsoft; David Hoffman, director of security and global privacy officer, Intel; Mary Madden, senior researcher, Pew Research Center's Internet & America Life Project; Stephen Cobb, senior security researcher, ESET North America; John N. Gevertz, global privacy officer and vice president, ADP, Inc.; Susan Grant, director of consumer protection, Consumer Federation of America and others.

Some examples of activities held worldwide include:

  • Data Privacy Day: Privacy in Motion—Mobile Devices & Privacy Issues, San Diego, CA (Jan. 28): Justine Phillips, attorney with Sheppard Mullin will lead an in-depth and educational discussion with leading privacy and security expert panelists from the California Office of Attorney General, FBI, Qualcomm, SDG&E, LARES Institute, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, Identity Theft Resource Center, CyberTECH, MOFO, PalmChip and more.
  • 2014 Cybersecurity Innovation Forum, Baltimore Convention Center, One West Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD Jan 28 - 30, 2014 -The 2014 Cybersecurity Innovation Forum is a three-day event sponsored by the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) with the Department of Homeland Security, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the National Security Agency as primary participating organizations. The forum will cover the existing threat landscape and provide presentations and keynotes on current and emerging practices, technologies and standards. The 2014 forum will provide action-oriented outputs to fuel voluntary principle-driven consensus-based standards efforts, create opportunities for industry growth and drive research activities, and define use cases for subsequent exploration, which in turn will feed back into the coming years’ forums, continually evolving the state of the art. Visit for agenda and registration information.
  • EDUCAUSE Data Privacy Webinar - Online Webinar (Jan 30): Privacy expert and publisher of Privacy Journal Robert Ellis Smith will join EDUCAUSE for a free webinar discussing the NSA data collection program.
  • JIPDEC (Japan Institute for Promotion of Digital Economy and Community) PrivacyMark Forum 2014 , Japan (Jan. 28): The PrivacyMark Forum will explore the latest trends in data protection in Japan and abroad. 2014 panel discussions will focus on "personal information" in a new age.

To learn more about these and other Data Privacy Day events visit:

The Online Trust Alliance (OTA), a non-profit with the mission to enhance online trust and user empowerment, while promoting innovation and the vitality of the Internet, released their 2014 Data Protection & Breach Readiness Guide in time for DPD. the guide urges all businesses to accept two fundamental premises: One, the consumer data they are collecting invariably contains some form of personally identifiable information. And two, at some point they will inevitably experience data loss. When that happens, it's best to be prepared. A public webinar recapping the guide is being hosted on Feb. 12 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. PST. To register, visit

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