Data Privacy Day 2019

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Mark your calendars – Monday, January 28 is Data Privacy Day. According to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, this annual event “highlights the impact technology is having on our privacy rights and underlines the importance of valuing and protecting personal information”.

This is a great opportunity for businesses to reflect upon their existing data security policies, learn about updates to data privacy legislation and educate personnel about best practices. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada website offers a number of valuable resources to help businesses navigate the complicated world of data privacy. If you’re still scratching your head, the privacy lawyers at Harrison Pensa would be happy to help clarify your company’s legal and regulatory obligations.

Although businesses and government institutions have a legal obligation to protect personal information, privacy breaches still can, and do, happen. For this reason, it’s important for consumers to understand their privacy rights and make informed decisions about disclosing personal information. To celebrate Data Privacy Day, why not take a moment to complete a “data privacy checkup”? Here are a few ideas to get started:

  • Update the security software on your smartphone and home computer

  • Review the privacy settings on your social media accounts, smartphone apps and smart home devices

  • Update your passwords and implement two-factor authentication

For more information and helpful resources, check out www.staysafeonline.org.


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