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Here you can find the official content of the Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (General Data Protection Regulation) in the current version. All Articles of the GDPR are linked with suitable recitals.

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Data Protection Day: Your opportunity to raise awareness

Data Protection Day 2023

As the landscape of global data protection initiatives constantly evolves, laws and regulations are creating an intricate web of rules and obligations for organizations.

That is why Data Protection Day is a perfect opportunity to raise awareness, promote data protection best practices, and discuss important privacy-related topics to remind organizations and individuals of the importance of data privacy and the consequences of non-compliance.

Comprehensive privacy laws, like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), impose strict data protection requirements. At the same time, new rulings and decisions frequently alter the understanding and perception of obligations and the application of laws.

All that adds up to the complexity of compliance. Therefore, Data Protection Day is also a chance to catch up with new developments in the data protection area.

What is Data Protection Day?

In 2006, the Council of Europe initiated the launch of European Data Protection Day to be celebrated each year on 28 January, which marks the anniversary of the Council of Europe’s ‘Convention 108’ on the protection of personal information – the first legally binding international law on data protection which was open for signature in 1981.

However, other countries soon accepted the initiative, and now Data Protection Day is globally recognized as Data Privacy Day outside of Europe. Although this brings some confusion, the term is often used interchangeably.

Nevertheless, Data Protection Day should be a day where companies, organizations, institutions, governments, and national data protection authorities raise awareness about the importance of privacy and data protection.

Data privacy concerns individuals, as well as organizations, if not even more so. The responsibility to demonstrate compliance is always on the organization, and the organization holds accountability for the safety of personal data and can suffer consequences for mishandling it.

How to celebrate Data Protection Day in your Organization

Use Data Protection Day as an opportunity to remind your coworkers about the importance of privacy, as well as refresh their knowledge about security measures, privacy practices, and their contribution to overall compliance in your company:

  • Provide materials: Send useful privacy-related materials, blogs, podcasts, or videos through official communication channels to everyone in your organization.
  • Organize a company event or webinar: Discuss the state of privacy in your organization and hold a short Q&A session to drill into the topic with your coworkers. They might have more questions than you think!
  • Send out surveys: Compile a short survey about the state of privacy in your organization or a fun quiz to check general knowledge about privacy.
  • Explain how employees can contribute to overall compliance: Remind coworkers about their privacy obligations as employees, list possible situations people in different departments (Marketing, HR, or Customer Service) could encounter, and create an action list for a possible situation.
  • Remind everyone what the privacy team’s obligations are: Let everyone know what your privacy team is doing, explain your efforts, and emphasize the importance of work done so far.

You can download our GUIDE FOR A SUCCESSFUL DPO to find out how to create support for your privacy program!

Privacy Resolutions for 2024

1. Invest in your team

Attain new knowledge through various training, courses, or webinars. Consider the prerequisite knowledge for taking the course, learning outcomes, teaching style, content quality, and the expertise and professional reputation of the lecturers themselves.

In addition to publicly available courses, get informed about tailor-made, in-house workshops provided by specialized experts for you and your privacy team. Read more on The value of personal data privacy certification [CIPP, CIPM, CIPT & CDPSE].

2. Raise awareness and educate

Promote privacy all year round in your organization. Build an educational program specific to each department that handles personal data.

Go over key definitions and explain what personal data is and how to handle it. Be sure to spend time with all teams or departments that collect personal data, such as marketing or sales.

Human error is responsible for 82% of data breaches, and a lot of those breaches could be avoided easily if best security practices were put in place.

So make sure to mention obvious measures and educate on phishing attacks, strong passwords, and social engineering, as well as how to recognize and respond to data subject access requests. 

3. Find out where you truly stand with your privacy program

This year is not a year to turn a blind eye to where you stand as a company with your privacy program. While it may seem challenging and akin to moving mountains, there are alternative approaches beyond tackling everything on your own.

Often, organizations are not capable of assessing the state of their privacy program because there is an undeniable bias or lack of time and resources.

That’s why you can employ an external independent assessment (like State-of-Privacy-Assessment or shorter SOPA) focused on providing an objective insight into the current state of privacy and data protection affairs within your organization.

SOPA assessment provides a detailed privacy compliance maturity report and recommendations for improving your privacy program focused on organizational and technical measures.

The purpose of the SOPA is to identify any areas of non-compliance or potential risks to data protection and can prove to be invaluable to the progress of your privacy program,

4. Reassess your privacy program and plan for year(s) ahead

Your work is never done. Compliance is an ongoing process that needs to be revisited and reassessed.

Ask yourself what is the weakest link or biggest oversight in your privacy program, assess the risks, determine requirements and goals, and research privacy solutions available on the market to see if there is a better way to address challenges and implement your practices.

5. Discover your data

Discovering personal data is one of the first steps in your compliance journey. You need to know where personal data is stored, who has access to it, what type of data is collected, whether any measures need to be implemented, how long you need to keep data, and more.

If you don’t know where your data is, it is impossible to respond to any of those requirements and protect personal data adequately.

Innovative data discovery solutions can automatically classify all personal data spread throughout your organization, allowing you to build up-to-date records of processing activities, define different data categories, and classify sensitive personal data, but also enforce appropriate technical and organizational measures for each specific data set.

6. Methodology and technology

Research the selection of methodology and technology. Instead of defining new methods and frameworks, use those tested and recommended by supervisory authorities and other professional organizations.

If your organization requires sophisticated tools and publicly available templates are not good enough to meet your needs, opt for one of the advanced technical solutions.

When choosing such a solution, consider the needs of the organization and the complexity of the operational function in implementing the privacy program.

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How to protect your data online

Finally, although privacy is becoming more elusive with new services and technologies that we use in our everyday lives, as an individual, you can still use measures to keep your data secure and protect your privacy:

  • Ensure password security and use strong passwords with lowercase, uppercase, and symbols. 80% of data breaches are password-related.
  • Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) if possible
  • Review your privacy settings on your mobile phone
  • Use two-factor identification
  • Pay attention to privacy notices and with whom you share your data
  • Change privacy settings on your social media apps
  • Know your rights, so you know what to do when your privacy is violated

You can read more about protecting your privacy on social media: “How to Protect Your Privacy on Social Media

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