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Data Privacy Day

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Data Privacy Day 2011

Today is Data Privacy Day, an opportunity for us to highlight the impact that technology is having on the privacy rights of Canadians and to reflect on the importance of valuing and protecting personal information. To drive home this point, we've chosen the slogan "The Net never forgets. Remember to protect your personal data" for our activities celebrating the day.

This year, our Office has developed a passel of resources designed to support Data Privacy Day initiatives all over Canada. We've developed posters and web graphics, fact sheets offering workplace tips on protecting information on mobile devices, and we're running an online draw for a 2GB encrypted USB flash drive. We've shared many of these products with our provincial and territorial counterparts to complement their own activities to mark the occasion.

Here at the OPC, we're holding an all-staff event underlining the importance of safeguarding data from the point you collect it, use and keep it, and ultimately dispose of it. We'll be exploring a variety of methods for safely disposing electronic data, including an interactive demonstration on how to safely and effectively render a hard drive unreadable using tools you have at home. In an educational but light-hearted way, we hope to drive home the importance of protecting personal data!

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