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International Data Privacy Day

- January 28 -

Data Privacy Day is an international event that occurs every year on January 28. The purpose of Data Privacy Day is to raise awareness and promote privacy and data protection best practices.  Here at College of the Canyons, we take data privacy seriously and we strongly encourage our employees, students and members of the community to take this opportunity to educate yourselves on ways to improve your security posture.  Below are helpful resources that can assist you in this endeavor.


The Cyber Security and Information Systems Information Analysis Center (CSIAC) Encourages You to Get Involved:

You can help create a global community that respects privacy, safeguards data, and enables trust. You can help teach others about privacy at home, at work, and in your community.


  • Personal info is like money: Value it. Protect it. Personal information, such as your purchase history, IP address, or location, has tremendous value to businesses – just like money. Make informed decisions about whether or not to share your data with certain businesses by considering the amount of personal information they are asking for, and weighing it against the benefits you may receive in return.
  • Keep tabs on your apps. Many apps ask for access to personal information, such as your geographic location, contacts list and photo album, before you can use their services. Be thoughtful about who gets that information, and wary of apps that require access to information that is not required or relevant for the services they are offering. Delete unused apps on your internet-connect devices and keep others secure by performing updates.
  • Manage your privacy settings. Check the privacy and security settings on web services and apps and set them to your comfort level for information sharing. Each device, application or browser you use will have different features to limit how and with whom you share information. Get started with NCSA’s Manage Your Privacy Settings page.


  • If you collect it, protect it. Data breaches can not only lead to great financial loss, but a loss in reputation and customer trust. Follow reasonable security measures to keep individuals’ personal information safe from inappropriate and unauthorized access. Make sure the personal data you collect is processed in a fair manner and only collected for relevant and legitimate purposes.
  • Consider adopting a privacy framework. Build privacy into your business by researching and adopting a privacy framework to help you manage risk and create a culture of privacy in your organization.
  • Conduct an assessment of your data collection practices. Understand which privacy laws and regulations apply to your business. Educate your employees of their and your organization’s obligations to protecting personal information.
  • Transparency builds trust. Be open and honest about how you collect, use and share consumers’ personal information. Think about how the consumer may expect their data to be used and design settings to protect their information by default. Communicate clearly and concisely to the public what privacy means to your organization and the steps you take to achieve and maintain privacy.
  • Maintain oversight of partners and vendors. If someone provides services on your behalf, you are also responsible for how they collect and use your consumers’ personal information.

In Your Community

Share your privacy based knowledge by volunteering in a local school, senior care facility or faith-based organization. Use free resources below to help you spread the word.

Own your online presence: Talk to your family and friends about protecting personal information and how to stay safe online. Here are some Privacy Resources for Consumers.

Learn about the “Internet of Me:” The Internet of Things – the increasingly connected world in which we live – is rapidly expanding. We love our convenient and fun devices – like personal assistants, wearables, speakers, cameras, TVs, cars, home alarm systems, toys and appliances. But it’s important to understand that connected devices rely on information about us – such as our behaviors and preferences – forming an "Internet of Me" rather than just an Internet of Things.


Follow CSIAC on social media for additional Data Privacy Day updates, resources, tips and more!


Think you have what it takes to keep your data private? 

Find out by taking the Data Privacy Day Quiz and be entered into a drawing to win a prize!