Data Privacy Week is upon us this month. When is it? What does that mean for you?

Data privacy is now more time-sensitive than ever, because more and more organizations are falling victim to cyber breaches every day – and the cyber war is only getting worse. Only the organizations that have taken steps towards cyber security and cyber compliance can sleep at night knowing their cyber doors are locked. As for the rest, fingers crossed.

When Is It?

In 2020, Data Privacy Day changed to Data Privacy Week, emphasizing the importance of taking time to optimize your privacy online. Initiated by the National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCA), the week runs from January 22-28 this year.

What Does It Mean For You?

Awareness is great and everything, but why should we care? Your data, your purchasing habits, your personal demographics are just the beginning. More critical assets, like credit card information or social security numbers, are also included. With family members and coworkers acquiring more and more devices to carry out tasks, such as a tablet at work or a new smartwatch at home, you only create more outlets to breach.

Don’t worry just yet. You still have control. You can choose how much of your data is accessed by things like phone or computer applications, such as a third party app asking your for personal data like your location, or storing your credit card for future payments.

Don’t want to wait for Data Privacy Week to find out what steps you can take? See NCA’s article titled, “Data: The Story of You” to find out just how much of your data is shared, and how much you can do to mitigate and minimize those instances.

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