Data Privacy Day: Become a champion

January 28th is national Data Privacy Day. Raising awareness of individuals’ privacy, the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and its partners have come together to promote the theme of “Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data and Enabling Trust.” The intent is to teach consumers how they can better protect their personal data and to inform companies that protecting privacy is best business practice.

Here at IT Governance, we couldn’t agree more with this view. Data privacy should be a priority for all. We have joined the NCSA, as one of their Data Privacy Day Champions, to help raise awareness of privacy issues and to provide guidance to consumers and organizations on how they can take action to protect themselves.

Special events

On Thursday, January 26 you can participate in an all-day Twitter event that will be streamed live from Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco. There will be talks from and interviews with experts, concentrating on data privacy for organizations and consumers. Watch live on Periscope, Facebook Live and Livestream.

Learn how to protect yourself and your business

It’s still a mystery to most Americans how their personal information is gathered and stored by devices, apps, and websites. According to the NCSA survey, 74% of consumers say that it’s important or extremely important that websites clearly state how their information is collected and if it’s being shared. 47% will abandon their online shopping carts if they feel there’s a security concern or too much personal information is required.

Get valuable tips about protecting your information at This NCSA website also provides organizations with resources and guidance on to how to protect themselves and their customers.

Join the champions

As a Data Privacy Day Champion, we encourage you to join the NSCA and help promote privacy awareness. To participate on social media, use the hashtag #PrivacyAware and post why you feel privacy is important for individuals and for businesses. We look forward to Thursday’s discussions and events.