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National Data Privacy Day - January 28, 2021

Stay aware of your apps and privacy settings.

Today, as originally visited on January 27, 2014 by the 113th U.S. Congress, in S. Res. 337 is the date designated as "National Data Privacy" day.  Although the resolution was non-binding it served to establish a precedent that "encourages State and local governments to observe the day with appropriate activities and initiatives that raise awareness about data privacy and security[.]"

Whereas ''National Data Privacy Day'' constitutes a nationwide effort to educate and raise awareness about respecting privacy, safeguarding data, and enabling trust;

Senate Resolution 337, January 27, 2014

A substantial portion of my career has been spent on development of education, processes, procedures and policy specifically designed to increase the awareness of privacy concerns and secure privacy related data. 

This year is no exception.  Additionally there are many more concerns and controls that have been developed since 2014 to assist users of technology with managing their personal and private information. 

Various platforms have on-boarded support for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  The regulation in European Union law, is an effort to provide users with transparency and control over the information that is gathered about activity in a vendor or services platform with in the European Economic Area including information that is transmitted internationally.  Laws and regulations like the GDPR are on track for the future of global electronic commerce and social interaction guardrails.

Manage data shared with Facebook by other platforms.

View and control information Facebook receives about activity on apps and websites other than Facebook.  Control how your information is collected.

Twitter helps with Do Not Track controls.

Although the Twitter effort to support the Do Not Track browser preference was discontinued. They have added help for controls that manage tracking related to Twitter.

Google provides control for saves and deletion of data.

Google Privacy puts users in control

Google provides a full gamut of controls for types of data that is saved, automatically deleted on a schedule and a method to delete data at any time. 

The Bottom Line 

Control and management of personally identifiable information (PII) and the various metadata that swirls around and issues forth from our activity everyday is a daunting to contemplate.  Take some time to familiarize yourself with some of the ways that you can obtain and maintain control of that information and learn how it affects your experience in commerce and social media.  This National Data Privacy Day there's a call to action, keep these points in mind always:

  • Personal info is like money: Value it.  Protect it.
  • Keep tabs on your apps.
  • Manage your privacy settings.

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