Are you Privacy Aware? Data Privacy Day, and Every Day
Jan 27, 2017 7:18am
In a world where apps, products and devices are all powered by your personal data, creating awareness and enabling people to protect their data privac is more important than ever. Data Privacy Day is around the corner (January 28), and we're happy to support this day dedicated to empowering indivudals and asking businesses to respect privacy, safeguard data and enable trust.
Mozilla has a lot to share for Data Privacy Day.
On Jan. 26, we launched the new Firefox Focus privacy-centric browser to the world, available in many languages and with more search choices. And, the latest version of Firefox released this week adds clear warnings for users on potentially insecure sites that collect passwords.
We just launched the first version of the Internet Health Report, with privacy and security as the first indicator of a healthy internet. A healthy internet is private and secure. Internet users should be able to have greater choice over what information they share with what organizations and for what benefit. They should have the freedom to express themselves online without unwarranted surveillance. And, they should be able to safeguard their information against attacks.
We asked the new U.S. presidential administration to prioritize the internet in their work, and specifically in the area of cybersecurity, because any of the most critical issues that affect internet users are related to cybersecurity.
We’ve advocated for, and done our part to fulfill, the responsibility that technology companies, governments and consumers all share to protect cybersecurity. There is a need for governments, tech companies and users to work together on topics like encryption, security vulnerabilities and surveillance.
We’ll continue to work with governments, companies and consumers to help protect data privacy and make the internet as secure as possible.
What can you do to protect your data privacy? To start, use trusted products like Firefox.
Personal information is shared across websites and apps, like breadcrumbs of your identity spread all over the web. It’s important to know how much any web service or app allows you to be in control of your data and experience and what their privacy practices are. You should also know how each of your devices, services, and accounts handles your private information.
You can better protect your data privacy on a daily basis by following some of these basic tips. You can also share these resources because they help create a more secure internet for the billions of people online.
We believe privacy online is a fundamental right and that people should have transparency and control over their data. If users had choice and control around their data sharing, it would build more trust in the system as a whole.
If you are a business or developer that handles user data, you should always be working to create a more trusted relationship with your users around their data. Building trust with your users around their data doesn’t have to be complicated. But it does mean that you need to think about user privacy and security in every aspect of your product. Read Jishnu Menon’s post about Lean Data Practices for more information.
Many of the companies you engage with online ask for your trust without earning. You interact with them everyday but you can’t really tell whether they’ve got your back behind the scenes. They don’t give you meaningful choices over your privacy. They are trusted but not necessarily trustworthy. At Mozilla we strive to be both. Marshall Erwin has more to share about what it means to be a trusted and trustworthy company.
Happy Data Privacy Day!
Mozilla participated in the National Cyber Security Alliance's event on Jan. 26 to talk more about how to respect privacy, safeguard data and enable trust. You can watch video from the event here and we’ll share a recap later.
We hope you find some helpful information here to help you be more privacy aware this Data Privacy Day.