Data Privacy Day + Month

Data Privacy Day (DPD) is an annual international event held each year on January 28th since 2008 and instituted to promote awareness about the many ways personal information is collected, stored, used, and shared, and provide education about privacy practices that will enable individuals to protect their personal information. It has many champions who partner with the National Cyber Security Alliance by educating their customers, citizens, employees and communities through events, activities and other methods. Brown is proud to be one of those champions.

EDUCAUSE (advocate for excellence in academic IT) expanded upon DPD to highlight the issue of privacy for an entire month. In 2014, Data Privacy Month (DPM) will begin on January 28th and continue through the end of February. Robert Ellis Smith (featured speaker at Brown in 2013) will join EDUCAUSE for a free webinar on Thursday, January 30, 2014 (1-2 pm ET). If you were unable to attend this informative and lively EDUCAUSE event, you can view a recording of Location, Location, Location.

Note: The NCSA's Data Privacy Day event can also be streamed in its entirety at

Here at Brown on Tuesday, February 11 at 6:30 pm, the Information Security Group will host a special screening of the film "Terms and Conditions May Apply" -- described as "eye-opening", "truly scary" and "mandatory viewing for everyone who uses the Internet". Details and registration link  at

ISG will also reprise its popular Brown Bag, "Your Life Online" on February 24 at noon. It will focus on personal privacy: how much of your life is online and in the cloud, what could be at risk, and how to protect yourself. ISG Brown Bags are very informal, interactive and fun sessions. Feel free to bring your lunch and questions and we'll supply the tips and cookies. As seating is limited, you are encouraged to reserve your spot now.

Finally, follow ISG on Twitter for privacy tips throughout the month.