Data Privacy Day aims to protect young people online

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    Data Privacy Day aims to protect young people online

    Worldwide effort geared toward teaching kids the importance of keeping their personal information off social networks and other Web sites

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    On Jan. 28, 2009, the United States, Canada, and 27 European countries celebrated Data Privacy Day together for the second time.


    Designed to raise awareness and generate discussion about data privacy practices and rights, Data Privacy Day activities in the United States have included privacy professionals, corporations, government officials, and representatives, academics, and students across the country.



    One of the primary goals of Data Privacy Day is to promote privacy awareness and education among teens across the United States.


    Data Privacy Day also serves the important purpose of furthering international collaboration and cooperation around privacy issues.


    All of the information is available through Privacy Day—you are welcome and encouraged to access this information from your home computer (send the link to your home email account).





    Educational materials


    Over 55 percent of online American teens between 12 and 17 use social networks, and older teens are even more likely to have profiles. The vast majority of American teens use the Internet. Choose a prepared presentation or group of materials and use them to help educate teens about how to protect the privacy of their personal information online. Alternatively, search the useful links and resources below to find a video or Website that speaks to your particular audience. The important thing is to get teens talking and thinking critically about privacy. As innovative and creative users of technology, teens can be the first and best protectors of their privacy online.



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    In January 2009, events pertaining to data privacy will be taking place across the United States, Canada, and Europe. From shredding events to academic conferences on topics including national security and data transfers, social networking and information security, Data Privacy Day offers many opportunities to learn more about data privacy and to take action to protect your personal information.







    Government involvement


    This year, federal and state governments in the United States and government officials in Canada and Europe are taking a role in Data Privacy Day. Congressman David Price has introduced a resolution in the United States House of Representatives seeking support for the declaration of Jan. 28, 2009 as National Data Privacy Day. Governor Mike Easley has declared January 2009 Data Privacy Month in North Carolina. In addition, numerous Attorneys General across the country have dedicated resources to educating consumers, teachers, families, and teens about data privacy and safety on the Internet. See some examples below and check with your own Attorney General to see what information he or she has to offer. Canada's Privacy Commissioner and the Privacy Commissioner of Ontario are also taking important steps to increase awareness about data privacy among teens and to further data privacy generally.


    Click here to view federal, state, and Canadian data privacy activities.





    Useful links and resources

    Many Web sites offer information about data privacy directed toward teenagers, educators, or parents and children. Click here for a list of links to resources, Web sites, and videos you can use to enhance your understanding about data privacy and Internet safety generally. You may also access videos that can be useful in generating classroom discussions about data privacy here.



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    Participating organizations

    2009: Intel, International Association of Privacy Professionals, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, the Information Technology Association of America, the Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University, the Institute for Homeland Security Solutions, the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, the European Commission, and the Duke Center for European Studies.