Data Privacy Day is January 28

Data Privacy Day is January 28, and there are more events this year than in past years, with some events starting on January 20.

The Data Privacy Day Project lists a number of resources and events that you will want to know about.   Many of the events have now been entered on this site’s privacy events calendar, located in the sidebar on By hovering over the date, you will be able to see if there are any privacy events in your geographic area.  Clicking on the date will take you to a description of the events that day.

Some events not listed on the calendar are particularly oriented to increasing awareness of privacy for youth or students:

  • Microsoft, European Schoolnet, Coface, and the Vrije Universitat Brussel (VUB), are hosting a Europe-wide poster competition: 15 – 19 year olds are invited to create and submit short ‘multi-media posters’ on the theme “Privacy is a Human Right – treat it with care.”   Winners of the competition will be selected by an eminent jury and invited to Brussels on 28 January 2010 to participate in a two-hour event and award ceremony, featuring keynote speeches by prominent policy makers, and a discussion about the various aspects of privacy between the jury members and students.  To participate, visit .
  • The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada offers the My privacy. My choice. My life. webpage and is hosting a PSA video contest open to Canadians between the ages of 12 and 18; the ultimate goal of the PSA should be to encourage other young people to critically think about how their personal information is collected and used every day, and how their privacy can be compromised.

And if you want to schmooze with other privacy professionals, on Thursday, January 28, the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) will recognize Data Privacy Day with Privacy After Hours events around the world hosted by local privacy professionals.   Learn more and find a location near you.

If anyone would like to submit a blog entry about how their event went for publication on, please email it to privacynews[at] and I may try to post some post-event comments here.

If your organization hasn’t scheduled any event, you still have time to pull something together in-house.   Help make this the best Data Privacy Day ever!

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