In a year where Data Protection is being given more credit than ever, thanks to the GDPR, Data Protection Day is fast approaching. Occurring on the 28th of January, the day is a celebration of all things data protection.
The day itself commemorates the signing of the Convention for Protection of Individuals with regards to Automatic Processing of Personal Data that was signed on 28th January 1981. The convention protects the right to privacy of individuals, taking account of the increasing flow across frontiers of personal data undergoing automatic processing – it is the first legally binding international treaty that deals specifically data privacy and data protection.
The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) officially leads the Data Privacy Day campaign and is advised by an advisory committee of privacy professionals to help the campaign align with the most current privacy issues in a thoughtful and meaningful way.
Celebrating Data Protection, the right way
Data Protection Day, or Data Privacy Day, was first celebrated in 2007 and has since been recognised globally by many data regulatory authorities. This year the emphasis is on demonstrating and understanding the benefits of keeping data private.
When looking at Privacy for an organisation, the NSCA encourages organisations to foster a culture of privacy at work by teaching all employees what privacy means to your organisation and the role they have in making sure privacy is achieved and maintained – they believe that it is beneficial for businesses.
When looking at Privacy from a household’s point of view, the NSCA encourages to inform family and friend members about protecting personal information and staying safe online
In Your Community
The National Cyber Security Alliance also encourages organisations/professionals to share their knowledge on data privacy. This can be done in numerous ways such as volunteering in local educational facilities, providing information for senior citizens who may be less familiar with data protection and what it entails.
Data Protection legislation
It’s no secret that there are huge changes coming this year to data protection legislation, May 25th marks the start of the GDPR, a regulation that while only being enforced in Europe will have ramifications globally.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), was approved and put in to place by the European Parliament in April 2016. As European Law, it will fully take effect after a 2-year transition ending May 25th, 2018. GDPR replaces the previous Data Protection Directive (DPD), adopted in 1995, and will in the UK, replace and strengthen the Data Protection Act (DPA). One of the initial differences between GDPR and DPD is that GDPR is a regulation, not a directive; as a regulation, no additional enabling legislation will have to be passed by governments of member states – it will become law regardless.
Redstor and the Data Protection Day
Redstor have been experts in managing and protecting data since our launch in 1998 and while 2018, marks an important year for us, celebrating our 20th birthday, data protection remains at the heart of what we do.
In celebration of Data Protection Day, Redstor are giving organisations the opportunity to speak with our data protection experts, helping you to analyse where data protection can be improved and giving guidance on a whole host of topics, including the GDPR.