Data Privacy Day

College Administrators

For IT professionals in higher education, the mission of Data Privacy Day extends throughout EDUCAUSE’s Data Privacy Month, Jan. 28-Feb. 28.

At community colleges and large universities alike, the office of information technology (OIT) is a trusted authority when faculty, staff and students need help protecting their personal information and other sensitive data, such as research and coursework.

The role of OITs in protecting their institutions’ networks and data has never been greater. As we have learned in recent years, both foreign governments and cybercriminals have made higher education one of their most frequent targets for cyberattacks. In fact, the leading U.S. research universities encounter millions of attacks each week, The New York Times reported in 2013.

Each January 28, Data Privacy Day offers the opportunity to share online safety and security advice with the campus community in a variety of ways. Thanks to EDUCAUSE – the foremost community of higher education IT professionals – the spirit of Data Privacy Day extends throughout February, giving OITs a larger window of opportunity to conduct educational programming such as webinars, lectures and other initiatives.

In addition to the Data Privacy Day resources to the left, EDUCAUSE hosts a Data Privacy Month page at This page includes data privacy-themed guest blogs, social media content, a list of DPM events happening around the country and other resources to help you create programming for your campus. 

Five Ways to Begin Recognizing Data Privacy Day/Month on Your Campus

  1. Post Data Privacy Day graphics on your web page and the DPD poster in campus buildings. Download the graphics and poster.
  2. Have your office or institution recognized as a Data Privacy Day Champion (it’s free).
  3. Share data privacy advice and information via social media. Follow @DataPrivacyDay and @EDUCAUSE for year-round updates. 
  4. Ask your board of trustees or other leadership body to issue a formal proclamation recognizing January 28 as Data Privacy Day and the beginning of Data Privacy Month, as well as your institution’s commitment to data privacy.
  5. Either internally or with broader campus engagement, have a conversation about revising or creating a campuswide data breach notification policy. For guidance, review the Data Incident Notification Toolkit

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