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For immediate release: January 24, 2013
Contact: Kayla Leslie

NASCIO Becomes Data Privacy Day Champion

 

LEXINGTON, Ky., Thursday, January 24 — the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) is joining the effort to promote privacy awareness along with a multitude of other international organizations, companies, education institutions, government entities and municipalities across the globe, by becoming a Champion and supporting January 28 as Data Privacy Day. Coordinated and led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), Data Privacy Day is held each year on January 28 and is an international awareness effort to empower people to better protect their privacy.

Data Privacy Day promotes messages about the importance of data protection and controlling one’s digital footprint. As a Data Privacy Day Champion, NASCIO recognizes and supports the ideal that individuals, organizations, business and government all share the responsibility to be aware of privacy challenges and encourages everyone to bring information privacy into their daily thoughts, conversations and actions.

“While providing state agencies with enterprise technology services, state CIOs are acutely aware of the personally identifiable information entrusted to their protection,” stated NASCIO Executive Director Doug Robinson. “Because keeping citizen data secure is a top priority, it’s imperative for state CIOs, to implement the necessary security protocols and measures that support privacy policies.”

Data Privacy Day began in the United States and Canada in January 2008, as an extension of the Data Protection Day celebration in Europe. The Day commemorates the 1981 signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection. More information is available at: http://www.staysafeonline.org/data-privacy-day/landing/

About Data Privacy Day
Led by the National Cyber Security Alliance, Data Privacy Day began in the United States and Canada in January 2008 as an extension of the Data Protection Day celebration in Europe. The Day commemorates the 1981 signing of Convention 108 – the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection. Data Privacy Day is a celebration for everyone and an effort to empower people to protect their privacy, control their digital footprint and escalate the protection of data privacy as everyone’s priority. Intel is a Platinum sponsor of Data Privacy Day. Gold sponsors include AT&T, Microsoft and Google.

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