Data Privacy Day (and Month!) - 2013

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Data Privacy Day began in the United States and Canada in January 2008, as an extension of the Data Protection Day celebration in Europe. The Day commemorates the 1981 signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection. Data Privacy Day is a celebration for everyone and held on January 28th every year. In 2011, the higher education information technology association, EDUCAUSE, began extending privacy awareness activities throughout the entire month of January.

For more about International Data Privacy Day, visit:

Archived 2013 event information:

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
1:00 – 2:00 PM EST

Are You Smarter Than Your Phone? Launch of Data Privacy Month in Higher Education (Free EDUCAUSE Live! Webinar)

Photo of Rebecca Herold Speaker: Rebecca Herold, the Privacy Professor

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
1:00 – 2:00 PM EST

Scalable Privacy: An NSTIC Grant for the Identity Ecosystem  (Free IAM Online Webinar) 

Photo of Ken KlingensteinSpeaker: Ken Klingenstein, Director, Middleware Initiative, Internet2

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Monday, January 28, 2013
12:00 Noon — 1:45 PM EST

Double Header: Identity Theft: How to Protect Yourself AND Mobile Device Security (Hosted by Indiana University)

Photo of Lyman TaylorSpeakers: Lyman "Chuck" Taylor, III, Section Chief, Consumer Mediation and Identity Theft Unit, Office of the Indiana Attorney General; AND Eric Cosens, Deputy Information Technology Officer, Indiana University

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013
1:00 – 2:00 PM EST

Privacy Officers around the Virtual Water Cooler (Free EDUCAUSE Policy Webinar)

Photo of Merri Beth Lavagnino  Photo of Jane Rosenthal  Photo of Kent Wada Speakers: Merri Beth Lavagnino, Chief Privacy Officer & Compliance Officer, Indiana University; Jane Rosenthal, Director, Privacy Office, University of Kansas; and Kent Wada, Chief Privacy Officer & Director, Strategic IT Policy, UCLA.

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Past Events

IU has taken part in Data Privacy Day since 2008 — through a variety of events and activities. For more information, visit the page for each year:

Privacy-related Blog Posts

  • An article on respecting the privacy of other while wearing technology enhanced accessories.
  • Planning on purchasing a new iPhone 5s? Perhaps think twice about enabling the new fingerprint authentication offered by the device and iOS 7. And, while it's effective to worry about security & reliability, this time, it may not be the hackers you worry most about.
  • We finished our "12 Domains in 12 Months" awareness initiative!
  • New document on Identity Verification provides advice on how to verify that a person is who he says he is