World Data Privacy Day on January 28

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Every year, January 28th stands as International Data Privacy Day which is being celebrated as said since 2007. The objective of celebrating this day is to promote data protection practices across the world and to raise awareness related to it. However, this day is being celebrated only in the United States, Canada and Israel and 47 other European Countries from the past 13 years or so and the Indian subcontinent from Asia happens to be the only nation celebrating it since 2014.

 

Historically speaking, the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regards to Automatic Processing of Personal Data was opened for endorsement on the same day in 1981 by the Council of Europe. But as technology has evolved tremendously in the past two decades, new legal challenges have to be worked out on this issue.

 

In the past decade or so, a Convention on Cybercrime is being held to protect the integrity of data systems and privacy in Cyberspace. And this has been spaced in Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

 

Nevertheless, still millions are unaware of or ill-informed on how to protect their personal info and how companies are using that data for business purposes with or without consent of the respective users.

 

This is where Data Privacy Day which is being celebrated on January 28th every year is generating dialogue for the world to empower individuals and companies to take action on how the data is being protected as per the standards.

 

Note- This year the International Data Privacy Day is being celebrated on Tuesday, January 28th, 2020.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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