This Saturday, January 28, is Data Privacy Day (DPD) – a day marked by individuals, organizations and governments across the globe to raise awareness about the impact that technology is having on our privacy rights, and the importance of ensuring that our personal information is protected.
If these issues aren’t top of mind for you, you’re not alone – a recent Microsoft survey suggests that 56 per cent of adults don’t actively think about the consequences of their online activities.
But, with so much of our lives being lived out on the web, what DPD reminds us is that if our personal data and information isn’t carefully managed and protected online, it can have serious consequences for our offline lives, including job loss or even being turned down for a mortgage.
Being thoughtful about sharing personal information is an important component of an overall approach to protecting online privacy and security. We can do this in a variety of ways, including using secure passwords and changing them often, understanding the privacy settings of our web tools, being careful when using open or monitored networks, and always educating ourselves, family, and friends on the issues.