World celebrates Data Privacy Day; India remains out of action!

January 28 is marked by countries such as the United States, Canada, and 27 European countries as Data Privacy Day.

These countries attempt to create awareness and education about Data Privacy among teens and young adults about the importance of protecting the privacy of their personal information online, particularly in the context of social networking.

But do the Indian authorities have any inklings of this day’s importance and its significance? With growing relevance, can India look into such initiatives?

Importance

Data Privacy Day is backed by some of the world’s leading technology companies and information pioneers – companies like AT&T, Facebook, Google, Intel, Intuit, MasterCard and Microsoft, to name a few. 

In addition to its educational initiative, Data Privacy Day promotes events and activities that stimulate the development of technology tools that promote individual control over personally identifiable information; encourage compliance with privacy laws and regulations; and create dialogues among stakeholders interested in advancing data protection and privacy.

This year, the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), a non-profit public-private partnership focused on helping all digital citizens stay safer and more secure online and official coordinator of Data Privacy Day (DPD) is partnering with Facebook to broadcast the DPD 2013 Kick-Off event online on January 28th!


 

Relevance

The educational focus has expanded over the past four years to include families, consumers and businesses.

This day seems to be more relevant as more and more business and consumers move online. A set of cyber criminals are doing their best to access personal and corporate information with a clear intent to defraud or malign.

Verizon’s 2012 Data Breach Investigation Report (2012 DBIR) analysed 855 data breaches across 174 million stolen records.

The above clearly proves that initiatives such as Data Privacy Day and continuous education hold the key for consumers and businesses to prevent data privacy.

India out of action!

Although India currently does not celebrate this day, or may be some of the organisation do, but not on large scale.

Considering that Indian organizations are now growing larger and huge amounts of data being generated, the concept of data privacy becomes even more important for our country.

P.S. DSCI, setup as an independent Self-Regulatory Organization (SRO) by NASSCOM for data protection invites its members & associates to participate in Data Privacy Day by holding discussions and/ or training sessions for employees.
If there are other associations from India really doing something on this day; then comments are more than welcome!

 

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