National Data Privacy Day Presentation

Next Thursday, Jan. 26 is National Data Privacy Day. Data privacy is becoming more and more crucial as our personal data is being collected, used and mined in all sorts of ways that we could not even fathom a few years ago.

Think for a second – how would YOU want organizations and companies to use information they collect about you and your family? How could disclosing personal details on Facebook and Instagram affect you in the future? What is that “free” app scanning and analyzing so you can play that hot new game? Should it be alright or acceptable for the maker of your SmartFridge to report back when you are low on milk? Questions like this need to be thought about and answered as we keep moving forward in this information age.

So mark your calendars and come on down! The Privacy Office, C&IT and University Libraries are sponsoring a web-based talk that day from 1-2 p.m. in the Simons Room on the first floor of Purdy/Kresge Library. Refreshments will be provided! Relax, step away from your daily routine and listen in on this crucial growing area of data privacy.

Speaking is Cindy Compert, Chief Technology Officer for Data Security and Privacy at IBM. Further details about the talk can be found here:

Later this spring, additional live speakers will be announced. Watch Geoff Nathan’s ProfTech blog and campus announcements like this one for details. The goal of our campaign is to raise awareness of privacy as an important issue and perhaps to gather a group of people on this campus who are interested in ongoing conversation about these issues.

Thanks and looking forward to seeing many of you there!

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