Issues with data protection are highly present in all of our daily lives – at work, when we travel, use the internet and make transactions. But yet, millions of people around the world are unaware of how their personal information is being used, stored or shared in our digital society – or the dangers of exposing their data.
This apparent lack of education fuelled the objective of the Data Protection Day. In 2006, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe decided to launch a Data Protection Day in an effort to shed light on the importance of protecting online data.
The day marks the date on which the first legally binding international treaty surrounding privacy and data protection, known as Convention 108, was opened to signature in 1981. The principal goal of this agreement was to strengthen the data protection of individuals with “regard to automatic processing of personal information relating to them”. Now a global celebration, Data Protection Day is called the “Privacy Day” outside of Europe and is honoured each year on 28th January.
Since the beginning of the annual event, the amount of personal data that is processed, as well as how it is regulated has changed significantly.
In 2018, we saw the EU introduce the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – placing the power of the collection and processing of data back into the hands of the consumer. The US has also followed suit with the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which holds a lot of similarities to GDPR, and became effective on 1st January 2020.
We spoke to our Operations and Compliance Director, Graham Marcroft, who commented on the importance of the day:
Businesses are encouraged to take part in Data Privacy Day, to train employees in the realm of data privacy and engage in data protection best practice checks. You can take a look at Hyve’s top 10 tips to stay safe online here.
How will you be celebrating Data Protection Day this year? Let us know @hyve!
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