National Cyber Security Alliance and Reputation.com Partner on Data Protection Awareness for Domestic Violence Victims
Washington, DC, January 23, 2013 – The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), a nonprofit public-private partnership focused on digital safety and security and official coordinator of Data Privacy Day (DPD), has partnered with Reputation.com, the leader in online privacy and reputation management technologies, to raise awareness and provide data privacy tools for victims of domestic violence.
In recognition of Stalking Awareness Month and as part of Data Privacy Day, Reputation.com will offer its MyPrivacy service to help domestic violence victims remove personally identifiable information from the Internet and block third parties who track Web surfing activities. This service empowers victims of domestic violence – many of whom have also been stalked – by helping them take control and feel safer both online and offline.
“We’re proud to be partnering with Reputation.com this Data Privacy Day 2013 to raise awareness about the importance of data privacy for victims of domestic violence,” said Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance. “The Internet is an amazing tool for connecting with people and sharing information, but unfortunately, people are also victimized by resourceful cyber criminals. Users and victims must be educated to recognize the signs of stalking and to take action to seek help.”
“So much is available about each of us online – our names, addresses, ages, income, even phone numbers,” said Michael Fertik, CEO and Founder of Reputation.com. “For domestic violence victims, that online information represents a big offline risk. MyPrivacy helps them take control of their digital footprint and enhance their personal safety. We’re proud to offer that for free as part of our participation in National Cyber Security Alliance’s Data Privacy Day.”
About National Stalking Awareness Month
January is also National Stalking Awareness Month – an effort dedicated to educating the public about the dangers related to the crime of stalking both online and offline. The Stalking Resource Center states that one in four victims report that the stalker uses technology, such as computers, global positioning system devices, or hidden cameras, to track the victim’s daily activities. NCSA encourages everyone to visit www.staysafeonline.org for a variety of tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of cyber crime. In addition, an abundance of tools and information about how to get involved, events, and additional resources to help organizations and individuals participate in the public awareness campaign are available at: www.stalkingawarenessmonth.org and www.ovw.usdoj.gov.
About Data Privacy Day
Led by the National Cyber Security Alliance, 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. Intel is a Platinum sponsor of Data Privacy Day. Gold sponsors include AT&T, Facebook, Microsoft and Google. Intuit, MasterCard and The George Washington University Law School are Silver sponsors and Reputation.com is a Small Business Sponsor.
About The National Cyber Security Alliance
The National Cyber Security Alliance is a non-profit organization. Through collaboration with the government, corporate, non-profit and academic sectors, the mission of the NCSA is to educate and empower a digital citizenry to use the Internet securely and safely. NCSA board members include: ADP, AT&T, Bank of America, EMC Corporation, ESET, Facebook, Google, Intel, McAfee, Microsoft, PayPal, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Symantec, Trend Micro, Verizon and Visa.
Reputation.com’s mission is to empower individuals and businesses to control their privacy and reputation online. Reputation.com was founded in 2006 and is the pioneer of online reputation management solutions. The company is recognized by World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer for its global technology leadership and innovation and was recently named a Forum Global Growth Company. The privately held company is headquartered in Silicon Valley and serves customers in more than 100 countries.
Tola St. Matthew-Daniel