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Excitement Growing Around the Globe As Data Privacy Day 2014 Nears

Jan. 28 Day of Awareness to Focus on Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data and Enabling Trust for All Digital Users

WASHINGTON, DC, December 12, 2014 — Widespread support for Data Privacy Day (DPD) 2014 is growing in the U.S. and abroad as the annual January 28th awareness day that promotes the protection of privacy and data stewardship draws closer. Officially coordinated by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), Data Privacy Day is celebrated by hundreds of organizations and individuals who raise awareness about data privacy around the world and promote its universal theme Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data and Enabling Trust.

Since 2008 Data Privacy Day has been made successful through support and participation from corporations, governments and organizations large and small. Nearly two months remain until Data Privacy Day and already more than seventy organizations have signed on to become official DPD Champions including the Federal Trade Commission, Brown University, International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), The Council of Better Business Bureaus, McKenna Long & Aldridge and JIPDEC (Japan Institute for Promotion of Digital Economy and Community). 

Intel, one of the founding organizations of Data Privacy Day, has played a continuing role in building global awareness about privacy and engaging a diverse array of stakeholders in privacy awareness and action. “Intel is proud to play a role in such a pivotal awareness effort. Data Privacy Day is an opportunity and a reminder for all organizations to hold themselves to strong data stewardship practices and prove they are accountable to individuals,” said David Hoffman, Intel’s director of Security Policy and Global Privacy Officer.

“Protecting privacy and data are key ways we can build a safer, more trusted Internet,” said Michael Kaiser, executive director of NCSA. “The reach of our messages are amplified exponentially because of DPD Champions and supporters elevating the importance of protecting personal information and privacy.”

Many Data Privacy Day supporting organizations will unveil unique data privacy offerings. NCSA’s DPD Web Portal is a one-stop shop to get started participating in Data Privacy Day. Learn how to become a champion, get ideas for awareness activities, see events happening around the world and find a list of links to privacy settings at the popular websites at http://www.staysafeonline.org/data-privacy-day/. NCSA also will feature a Twitter Chat at 3 p.m. EST using hashtag #ChatDPD every Wednesday in January.

National Cyber Security Alliance will officially kick-off Data Privacy Day 2014 by hosting a global privacy forum at The Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington, DC, on Tues., Jan. 28. Intel and Microsoft are Leading Sponsors of Data Privacy Day while ADP and AT&T are Contributing Sponsors and Small Business Sponsors include PRIVATE WiFi, Reputation.com and SpiderOak. 

About Data Privacy Day
Led by the National Cyber Security Alliance, Data Privacy Day began in the United States and Canada in January 2008 as an extension of the Data Protection Day celebration in Europe. The Day commemorates the 1981 signing of Convention 108 – the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection. Intel and Microsoft are Leading Sponsors of Data Privacy Day while ADP and AT&T are Contributing Sponsors and Small Business Sponsors include PRIVATE WiFi, Reputation.com and SpiderOak. Follow DPD on Twitter (@DataPrivacyDay) and Facebook. The official hashtag of DPD is #DPD14.

About The National Cyber Security Alliance
The National Cyber Security Alliance is a non-profit organization. Through collaboration with the government, corporate, non-profit and academic sectors, the mission of the NCSA is to educate and empower a digital citizenry to use the Internet securely and safely, protecting themselves and the technology they use and the digital assets we all share. NCSA board members include: ADP, AT&T, Bank of America, Comcast Corporation, EMC Corporation, ESET, Facebook, Google, Intel, McAfee, Microsoft, PayPal, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Symantec, Trend Micro, Verizon and Visa. Visit www.staysafeonline.org for more information and join us on Facebook.



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