National CyberWatch Center Enlists as Data Privacy Day Champion and Commits to Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data and Enabling Trust

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Today National CyberWatch Center announced that it is now a Champion of Data Privacy Day (DPD). As a DPD Champion, the National CyberWatch Center recognizes and supports the principle that organizations, businesses and government all share the responsibility of being conscientious stewards of personal information by respecting privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust.

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Today National CyberWatch Center announced that it is now a Champion of Data Privacy Day (DPD). As a DPD Champion, the National CyberWatch Center recognizes and supports the principle that organizations, businesses and government all share the responsibility of being conscientious stewards of personal information by respecting privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust.

Data Privacy Day, observed annually on January 28, is an international awareness effort to encourage Internet users to consider the privacy implications of their online actions and motivate all companies to make privacy and data protection a greater priority. The National CyberWatch Center joins the growing effort among organizations, corporations, educational institutions, government entities and municipalities globally to raise awareness and educate consumers about how their personal information may be collected, the benefits and risks of sharing personal information as well as the nature and scope of online data usage. Through collaborative efforts and unified, consistent messaging about data privacy, all DPD Champions will work toward the goal of improving consumer consciousness and empowering everyone to safeguard their privacy.

“One focus of Information Security is the intersection of technologies, people, and processes as applied to the challenge of sharing data while protecting personally identifiable information,” states Casey W. O’Brien, Executive Director of National CyberWatch Center. “As a Champion and participant in the national Data Privacy Day, the National CyberWatch Center will raise awareness for our member and partner institutions and organizations to better understand how their personal information may be collected and the benefits and risks of sharing personal data, while empowering them to express their expectations for the use, protection and management of their personal data.”

Spearheaded by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), Data Privacy Day began in the United States and Canada in January 2008 as an extension of the Data Protection Day recognition in Europe. The day, January 28, commemorates the 1981 signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty addressing privacy and data protection.

For more information about Data Privacy Day, the DPD Champions program and how to participate in Data Privacy D activities, visit http://www.staysafeonline.org/data-privacy-day/. You can also follow Data Privacy Day on Twitter at @DataPrivacyDay and the hashtag #DPD2015. Data Privacy Day updates and privacy tips are also available on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DataPrivacyNCSA

About National CyberWatch Center
National CyberWatch Center (NCC) is a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education-funded cybersecurity consortium working to advance cybersecurity education and strengthen the national workforce. Since 2005, the NCC has played a key role in developing, promoting, and providing cybersecurity education solutions for the nation. To learn more about NCC, visit http://www.nationalcyberwatch.org.

About Data Privacy Day
NCSA assumed leadership of Data Privacy Day in August 2011 from The Privacy Projects. A nonprofit, public-private partnership dedicated cybersecurity education and awareness, NCSA is advised by a distinguished advisory committee of privacy professionals. For more information, visit http://www.staysafeonline.org/data-privacy-day. Day Privacy Day is made possible by generous support from the following organizations: Ghostery is a Data Privacy Day Leading Sponsor. Intel is a Contributing Sponsor and Lockheed Martin is a Participating Sponsor. Small Business Sponsors include the Churchill Club, the Georgia Tech School of Interactive Computing, PRIVATE WiFi, Reputation.com and Privacy Ref LLC.

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