Mark your calendars for Data Privacy Day – January 28, 2011. Countries around the world are hosting events in honor of Data Privacy Day (or Data Protection Day). This year is the thirtieth anniversary of the date on which the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data was opened for signature by the Council of Europe on January 28, 1981. Some highlights include:
– Panel Discussions around the world. For example, the Council of Europe and European Commission are hosting a joint high-level meeting in Brussels (registration due January 24). Google is opening its Washington, DC offices for Google breakfast and a panel discussion called “The Technology of Privacy: When Geeks Meet Wonks.”
– Local government initiatives – for example, the California Office of Privacy Protection will be launching a social media site: www.privacy.ca.gov.
– Happy Hours in many local areas on January 27, 2011, hosted by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).