Data Protection Day

Data Protection Day was created on April 26, 2006, to memorialize the signing of Convention 108. The date of the observance was set on January 28. In 2022, the annual holiday expands to a week-long campaign called Data Privacy Week.

Data Privacy Day began in the United States and Canada in January 2008 as an extension of Data Protection Day in Europe. In 1981, the Council of Europe formed a treaty titled “The Convention for the Protection of Individuals with Regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data”. This, first-ever international treaty protected the rights to privacy of users, maintaining the ever-growing digital flow of personal data online.

Steps to Take

Some basic ways to protect online privacy are by creating stronger passwords, regularly updating them, using a V.P.N. for web surfing, and checking your social media accounts’ privacy settings regularly, among others. 

Millions of people are unaware of and uninformed about how their personal information is being used, collected, or shared in our digital society. Data Privacy Week aims to inspire dialogue and empower individuals and companies to take action.

Manage Your Privacy

If you would like to view or change your privacy/security settings, but don’t know where to find them, use these direct links to update your privacy settings on popular devices and online services or read about your platforms’ privacy policies and statements.