January 28, 2009 is International Data Privacy Day. [Intel’s Collection of data privacy materials]. The United States, Canada, and 27 European countries will celebrate Data Privacy Day together for the second time. One of the primary goals of Data Privacy Day 2009 is to promote privacy awareness and education among teens across the United States. Data Privacy Day also serves the important purpose of furthering international collaboration and cooperation around privacy issues.
What can you do?:
- Show a recent theater movie that addresses the issue of privacy, such as “The Net,” “Swordfish,” or any of a large number of others, then afterward discuss the privacy and information security issues from within the movie and how they relate to your employees’ lives and/or work.
- Make a podcast available to your personnel that discusses privacy in general, or a specific privacy issue.
- Have a contest for your employees that incorporates privacy. For example give an award/prize to the person who can identify the most significant employee privacy concern within your organization
- Hold a “Privacy Jeopardy” event on 1/28 during lunchtime, perhaps right outside your cafeteria, and give small prizes or recognitions to the people who correctly answer a privacy related question.
- Distribute some privacy related articles, or make them available on your information security and privacy intranet sites.