Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - Almanac Vol. 61, No. 20
How Are You Celebrating Data Privacy Month?
Data Privacy Day is an annual international event that promotes awareness about the ways personal information is collected, stored, used and shared. It recognizes the dignity of the individual, as expressed in the concept of personal information and is aimed at empowering individuals to protect their privacy and data. Data Privacy Day is January 28, and kicks off Data Privacy Month - February.
Now is an excellent opportunity to recognize Data Privacy Month in ways that are practical and impactful. Some ways you can do this are to:
Protect your social media privacy: Facebook allows anyone and everyone to connect to each other in an instant. Review the “Top 10 Tips” on the Privacy website to learn about how to control what people post on your timeline, who can send you friend requests and more. See http://www.upenn.edu/oacp/privacy/assets/pdf/top10fb.pdf
Take steps to protect yourself from Identity Theft: The Privacy Office also offers tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft, including advice for traveler. Visit the Privacy website for more details at http://www.upenn.edu/oacp/privacy/yourdata/identity-theft.html
Practice safe computing: Information Systems and Computing has “Top 10 Tips for Faculty” and “Top 10 Tips for Staff,” as well as “Top 10 Tips for Smartphones and Tablets.” These guides are designed to get you quickly through many critical topics, such as firewalls, passwords, wireless, phishing and more. Help protect your Penn data and your personal information at http://www.upenn.edu/computing/security/checklists/Top10/
Don’t keep unnecessary data: To destroy sensitive physical files, use a shredder to ensure the information cannot be accessed by others. Use software such as Identity Finder to properly dispose of electronic files containing sensitive information. The University Archives can also destroy hard drives securely. See more at http://www.archives.upenn.edu/urc/recrdret/guide2.html and http://www.upenn.edu/computing/security/privacy/data_clear.php