Live from Twitter HQ: 2017 Data Privacy Day Highlights

Jan 27, 2017 1:36pm

TwitterJan. 28, 2017, is the 10th annual Data Privacy Day, an international effort to create awareness about the importance of privacy and protecting personal information. Each year, the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) has marked Data Privacy Day with an event, but this year we took things virtual by hosting an exciting series of cutting-edge discussions live from Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco on Thursday, Jan. 26. 

The day’s conversations focused on the latest privacy issues for both consumers and businesses. Not-to-be-missed segments included:

  • Scams, ID Theft and Fraud, Oh My – And Ways to Fight Back
  • How to Read a Privacy Policy in Less Than 60 Seconds – Even If It Was Written by a Lawyer
  • Privacy and the New President
  • Growing Up Online and the Need for Teaching Privacy in Schools
Patricia Cartes
Twitter Head of Global Policy Outreach Patricia Cartes introducing the event

media panel
NCSA Executive Director Michael Kaiser; LifeLock Senior Director, Product Management Eric Davis; Mozilla Chief Legal and Business Officer Denelle Dixon-Thayer; Solera Holdings, Inc., Founder, Chairman and CEO Tony Aquila; and Cisco Chief Privacy Officer Michelle Dennedy speaking at a pre-event executive media briefing

The event was available for the world to watch on Livestream, Periscope and Facebook Live and has already reached more than 6,000 viewers. Check out videos from the full day here

Jules Polonetsky

Future of Privacy Forum CEO Jules Polonetsky discussing privacy and connected toys
women in privacy
Aleada Consulting Partner and Women in Security and Privacy Co-Founder/Vice Chair Elena V. Elkina; Twitter Legal Director for Privacy Laura Pirri; Michelle Dennedy; Intel Corporation Law & Policy Group Vice President and Chief Privacy & Security Counsel Ruby Zefo; and Willis Towers Watson Senior Vice President for Network Security Data Privacy and Technical Errors & Omissions Gamelah Palagonia discussing women in privacy

The day’s all-star speaker lineup included privacy and security experts from industry, the nonprofit sector, government, academia and the media. The event was made possible by our 2017 privacy awareness campaign sponsors: Leading Sponsors Cisco, Intel, Solera Holdings and Twitter; Contributing Sponsors ForgeRock and LifeLock and Supporting Sponsor Privacy Ref. The event was also supported by partners the Churchill Club and Women in Security and Privacy.


Throughout the day, NCSA, our sponsors, partners and audience members around the world posted about the event on social media using the hashtag #PrivacyAware. On Jan. 26 alone, more than 1,000 Twitter users tweeted #PrivacyAware and the hashtag had a potential reach of nearly 8 million.

Here’s a sample of preliminary media coverage on the event and Data Privacy Day:

This year’s Data Privacy Day efforts have been amplified by more than 630 organizational and individual Champions, who signed up to take action in support of the day’s theme – Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data and Enabling Trust. And there’s still 24 hours to sign up as a Champion – as long as you do it by Jan. 28! Register on behalf of yourself or your organization here. It’s easy and free, and you’ll receive a toolkit of privacy awareness materials to use at home, at work and in the community.

Thank you to everyone who has supported Data Privacy Day and helped us make this year’s event the best yet. Check out the #PrivacyAware hashtag for more social media highlights and privacy tips. And consider signing up for our mailing list to receive cybersecurity and privacy news, resources, upcoming event information and ways to get involved year-round.