January 28 is celebrated as Data Privacy Day (DPD) across the world. The objective of the day is to sensitize individuals and disseminate privacy practices and principles. From being a privacy professional to an internet user or a consumer, the onus of safeguarding privacy lies on every shoulder. Let’s Think Privacy First!

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

Data Privacy Day 2020

Although the original focus of the Day was on businesses, wide-usage of the internet has expanded the scope to include families, consumers, and institutions. On this day, parents are encouraged to educate their children on how to act online in a safe manner to protect themselves and their data. Data Protection Day is observed annually on the 28th of January, the same day on which Convention 108 was signed in 1981. The day was first celebrated in 2007 as the European Data Protection Day with the United States recognizing it in 2009.

This day also makes us remind about how crucial data security and privacy matters are to an individual or an entity. No doubt technology made our life easier but on the other side, how can we forget about data hackers, financial frauds. Information that we usually store in mobile phones, laptops, smartwatches, etc. are prone to cyber-attacks. Nowadays, cyber fraud risks are increasing may be due to lifestyle. Online shopping and all become a routine of life and so on the other hand increase the risk of cyber frauds, data breach, etc.

Several events are organized on Data Privacy Day to make people learn how to keep online data safe against different types of fraudulent attacks.

Therefore, we should be careful while storing and using online activities in several things. It is also necessary to learn how to keep data safe and protected. There are several types of fraud. Awareness about fraud and its types is also important and can’t be ignored.

(With inputs from dsci)