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One Step Ahead

January 10, 2012, Volume 58, No. 17

Another tip in a series provided by the Offices of Information Systems & Computing and Audit, Compliance & Privacy. 

How Are You Celebrating Data Privacy Day?

Data Privacy Day is an annual international event that promotes awareness about the ways personal information is collected, stored, used, and shared. It celebrates the dignity of the individual, as recognized in the concept of personal information, and promotes education about best practices for protecting such information. Data Privacy Day is celebrated January 28 and in the weeks surrounding that date.

How can you celebrate Data Privacy Day in ways that are practical and impactful for you?  Here are some ideas:

•     On Facebook: Visit the Privacy website to find a Top 10 list and video on how to protect yourself when using Facebook. Did you know that you can create separate lists of friends on Facebook to control who can see what? And that you can limit who can tag you in photos or “check you in” to places? Facebook’s greatest feature—the ability to connect you with many people in an instant—is also the source of its greatest peril. Make sure to check this list often, as Facebook terms and services are known to change regularly! www.upenn.edu/privacy/Brochures/top10fb.pdf

•     Safe Computing: Visit the Information Systems and Computing website to find ISC’s Top 10 Tips for Faculty and Top 10 Tips for Staff.  These will get you quickly through the many critical topics—including firewalls, passwords, wireless, phishing and more—that will assist you in protecting both Penn data and your personal information.  Read them all here: www.upenn.edu/computing/security/checklists/Top10

For more background on Data Privacy Day, visit www.staysafeonline.org/dpdFor resources relating to higher education, see www.educause.edu/policy/dataprivacy


For additional tips, see the One Step Ahead link on the Information Security website: www.upenn.edu/computing/security/

Almanac - January 10, 2012, Volume 58, No. 17