The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), a non-profit public-private partnership focused on cybersecurity awareness and education for all digital citizens, announced Thursday that official sponsors Intel, eBay Inc. and partner sponsors Microsoft, Intuit, Comcast and NQ Mobile (formerly NetQin Mobile) will support Data Privacy Day 2012.
Coordinated and led by the NCSA, Data Privacy Day is an international celebration that promotes privacy awareness and education across the United States, Canada, Council of Europe member countries, and a host of other countries across the globe.[ Also Read: How to Use E-Governance to Deal with Corruption ]
The annual international awareness initiative focuses on educating people about the importance of protecting the privacy of personal information and promotes individual control over private data.
Since 2008, Data Privacy Day has continued to thrive through the support and participation of major international corporations and new organizations are joining the list of participating organizations for 2012 every day, said NCSA.[ Also Read: Keep Your Friends Close and CIOs Closer ]
Data Privacy Day began in Europe in 2007 and continues to be celebrated in more than 30 countries as Data Protection Day. The United States and Canada joined the celebration in 2008.
Since 2009, the U.S. Senate has recognized Jan. 28 as National Data Privacy Day in the United States. In 2009, the National Association of Attorneys General recognized Data Privacy Day, and numerous state governors recognize Data Privacy Day annually.
Over the past four years, Data Privacy Day has grown significantly and has been celebrated by at least one entity in the following areas: India, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Australia, the Philippines, and Hong Kong.
Information about Data Privacy Day can be found at http://www.staysafeonline.org/dpd.