International Data Privacy Day, January 28, 2019

Data Privacy Day

International Data Privacy Day, January 28, 2019

January 23, 2019

As an official 2019 Data Privacy Day champion, UBC is spreading the word with tips and resources on how to protect and safeguard information security throughout this week. 

What is Data Privacy Day?

Data Privacy Day is an international effort which began in the United States and Canada in January 2008 as an extension of the Data Protection Day celebration in Europe. Data Protection Day commemorates the January 28, 1981 signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection. The Data Privacy Day campaign is officially led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA).

Tune in – Virtual Seminars and Livestream Events

Join in on a number of virtual events throughout the week of January 28 and listen to privacy experts on a variety of topics. Here are some of the upcoming events:

Data Privacy Day 2019: A New Era in Privacy
Monday, January 28, 2019
2:10 pm – 2:45 pm A New Era in Privacy (speakers from NCSA, Verizon, LinkedIn)
2:45 pm – 3:20 pm Improving your Company's Privacy Posture
3:20 pm – 3:35 pm Security and Privacy in the Cloud (featuring AWS Global Accounts)
3:35 pm – 4:10 pm The Future of Privacy and Breakthrough Technology
  Tune in live via the website:
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
10 am – 11 am EDUCAUSE LIVE: Artificial Intelligence in Education: Legal Considerations and Ethical Questions
Elana Zeide, PULSE Fellow in Artificial Intelligence, Law & Policy at UCLA School of Law
RSVP through the Educause website:



The more information you make public about yourself (and your friends and family), the greater your exposure to online threats such as identity theft, cyber-stalking and cyber-bullying. Here are some simple tips from on how to protect your online information, identity and privacy:

  1. Personal information is like money: value it, protect it.
    Information about you, such as your purchase history or location, has value – just like money. Be thoughtful about who gets that information and how it's collected through apps and websites. You should delete unused apps, keep others current and review app permissions.
  2. Share with care.
    Think before posting about yourself and others online. Consider what it reveals, who might see it and how it could be perceived now and in the future. It's a good idea to review your social network friends and all contact lists to ensure everyone is still relevant.
  3. Own your online presence.
    Set the privacy and security settings on websites and apps to your comfort level for information sharing. Each device, application or browser you use will have different features to limit how and with whom you share information.
  4. Lock down your credentials.
    Your usernames and passwords are not enough to protect key accounts like email, banking and social media. Choose one account and turn on the strongest authentication tools available, such as biometrics, security keys or a unique one-time code sent to your mobile device.
  5. Keep a clean machine.
    Keep all software, operating systems (mobile, tablets, and desktop) and apps up to date to protect data loss from infections and malware.
  6. Secure your devices.
    Every device should be secured by a password or strong authentication – finger swipe, facial recognition etc. These security measures limit access to authorized users only and protect your information if devices are lost or stolen.
  7. Think before you app.
    Information about you, such as the games you like to play, your contacts list, where you shop and your location, has tremendous value. Be thoughtful about who gets that information and understand how it's collected through apps.

Note: is an American website that references American privacy laws. Keep in mind that privacy laws in Canada are different from those in the US. However, for the general public, best practices and the dangers associated with privacy remain the same. For further information regarding Canadian privacy laws, please refer to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada website.