Data Privacy Day – January 28 Make Privacy One of Your 2019 Resolutions!
Ringing in a New Year of Privacy – New Year, New Commitment
Data Privacy Day – January 28
Make Privacy One of Your 2019 Resolutions!
January 1, represents a fresh start for many people. It’s a chance to try something new, to revisit something from the past or to explore a new way of living.
If you are anything like me, you have already committed to a handful of resolutions for the New Year. How many will we stick to? Only time will tell. But if there is one resolution we must take seriously; it’s a commitment to protect ourselves. Make a promise to yourself – and maybe even to your family members and colleagues – that you will stick to a plan of protection.
January 28, marks another important date on the calendar – Data Privacy Day. And it’s perfect to reinvigorate our commitment to data security and privacy.
In advance of the annual International Privacy Data Day, below are the three action tips to protect the privacy of customers and businesses:
- Nothing is truly free, including mobile apps. Be aware of the personal information you give to mobile app providers. Many free apps sell your information to a wide range of companies, some of which may have malicious intents.
- Be cautious with new “smart devices”. A wide range of new and unique gadgets connects you directly to other entities (and even to the Internet) to automatically share information about your activities, location and personal characteristics. Before using such devices, make sure you know which data they are collecting, how it will be used and with whom it will be shared.
- Only share personal information with trusted sources. Be extra careful not to share sensitive personal information, such as PAN card numbers, credit card numbers and driver’s license numbers. Don’t do business with an entity that does not have a posted privacy notice.
We often give out our name, address and phone number without a second thought. In a perfect world, companies would protect your personal information. Unfortunately, this is not often the case.
Below are some practical tips on how you can protect your personal information yourself:
- Always read the fine print on agreements. By signing you may also be giving the organization permission to add your name to the marketing list.
- Many retail stores ask your name, address and telephone numbers when you make a purchase. If the store cannot give you a satisfactory reason for collecting the information, don’t give it out.
- Information collected on product warranty cards is very often used for marketing purpose. You are not required to send in a filled warranty card – your receipt is all you need to make a warranty claim.
- If you do not want your personal information out there, avoid filling out ballots for “free draws” or other promotions. These are sure-fire ways to get your name, address and telephone number on a junk mail or telemarketing list.
- Look through a copy of any magazines to which you subscribe. Most mention they may give your name and address to other companies for one reason or another. They also offer you the opportunity to opt out of this “service”. Do it!
The countdown is on!
As you ring in the New Year,
Resolving to protect your personal information
Is more important than ever.
Until Next Month, and Next Year.