A Big Week For Privacy

Apr 25, 2013 6:25am


Next week will be a big one for privacy across the country and indeed around the world. Beginning Sunday, April 28, the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA) will kick off Privacy Awareness Week. Then on Wednesday, May 1, the American Library Association launches 2013 Choose Privacy Week, a national public awareness campaign that aims to educate the public on how to protect their privacy and understand their rights. Efforts such as these keep the conversation of privacy alive and help to make every day Data Privacy Day.

Collaboration between Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Korea, Macau, Mexico, New Zealand and the United States elevates the level of awareness for not only the Asia-Pacific region but our worldwide digital community as well. APPA offers great resources, including an interactive identity theft tool that helps consumers test their vulnerabilities for identity theft, and provides tips about safe behaviors for protecting privacy online and off. Each country provides their own tips and resources to help individuals and businesses. Privacy Awareness Week runs through May 4. You can follow these efforts and the conversations they generate on Twitter with the following hashtag, #2013PAW.

Spearheaded by the ALA, Choose Privacy Week seeks to make users aware of their privacy rights as a library user, as well as the possible consequences of sharing too much information online. Libraries are a great venue to disseminate information about privacy because in many communities they are often the only resource for free public computers and Wi-Fi. The goal of the week is to make privacy a priority to enable free expression while educating about the possible consequences.

You can help raise awareness of Choose Privacy Week on Twitter with the hashtag #ChoosePrivacy. ALA also offers free banners and logos and an array of interesting videos about privacy. For more ways to get involved, visit http://chooseprivacyweek.org/. Choose Privacy Week runs through Tuesday, May 7.

We commend the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities and the American Library Association for elevating the level of privacy awareness throughout our digital community. You do not need to live in the Asia Pacific or be in a library to participate in the festivities. The goal is to make Data Privacy Day everyday, no matter where you are in the world. We hope you take part in helping to spread the word about privacy so everyone can be safer and secure online. Additional privacy tips and information can also be found at http://www.staysafeonline.org/data-privacy-day/everyone-resources