Data Privacy Month

Data Privacy Month (DPM) is an annual effort to empower and educate people to protect their privacy and control their digital footprint. The month began with Data Privacy Day on January 28, which commemorates the January 28, 1981, signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection.

What is privacy?

The experts at zeroknowledgeprivacy.org explain that privacy is our ability to control access to our personal information and activities. Privacy is about the individual freedom to choose what things we are willing to share and whom we share them with.

We are familiar with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) that protects the privacy of student education records. Reviewing this Federal Law provides a useful case study of concepts that you should consider when making choices about the data and technologies that you use.

Consent—FERPA gives students control of their education record. Generally, schools must have written permission from the student in order to release any information from a student’s education record.

Inspect and Correct—Students have the right to know what information is stored in their education record and have the right to correct inaccuracies.

For more detailed information about the College FERPA policy visit- http://www.mc3.edu/about-us/policies/129

Privacy in practice

Before installing the latest mobile app or signing up for a new online service, look for the privacy policy and understand what you are giving Consent to. If it is difficult to cut thought the legalese, search to see if other experts have offered an opinion—http://www.digitaltrends.com/topic/terms-and-conditions/

Inspect and Correct data being stored or collected by existing apps and services. Review the available privacy settings  - http://www.staysafeonline.org/data-privacy-day/check-your-privacy-settings/ 

How does your privacy IQ rate?

Take the My Privacy IQ Quiz and check your privacy knowledge level and learn more to protect your personal information. http://myprivacyiq.com

Additional Data Privacy Resources

http://zeroknowledgeprivacy.org/library/why-privacy-matters/ - Why Privacy Matters
http://zeroknowledgeprivacy.org/library/the-fine-print-of-privacy/  - The Fine Print of Privacy
www.mc3.edu/security (authentication required)
http://www.staysafeonline.org/data-privacy-day/privacy-library
http://stopthinkconnect.org/
https://www.privacyrights.org/
http://www.onguardonline.gov/

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