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Data Privacy Day / Month

Learn about Data Privacy Day (Jan 28) and Data Privacy Month (Feb 1-28).

Own Your Privacy. Respect Privacy. Be #PrivacyAware.

What is Data Privacy Day?

Observed annually on January 28, Data Privacy Day is a global effort that generates awareness about the importance of privacy, highlights easy ways to protect personal information, and reminds organizations that privacy is good for business. Data Privacy Day is the signature event in the National Cyber Security Alliance's (NCSA) year-round privacy awareness and education efforts. February is also observed as Data Privacy Month.
In 2021, NCSA encourages individuals to “Own Your Privacy” by providing resources to help individuals learn how to protect their valuable data online. Organizations are encouraged to “Respect Privacy” and be responsible by keeping individuals’ personal information safe from unauthorized access and ensuring fair, relevant and legitimate data collection and processing.
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UC San Diego (through the Campus Privacy Office) and IT Services' Office of Information Assurance are registered as Data Privacy Day Champions to demonstrate our commitment to protect the personal data of applicants, students, staff, faculty, research participants, alumni, and the general public. By treating these individuals and their information with respect, we demonstrate trust, uphold our ethical responsibility as good data stewards, and follow our Privacy Guiding Principles.


Data Privacy Day Twitter Chats
January 21, 11 a.m. - chat theme is How to “Own Your Privacy"

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Join @StaySafeOnline for two Data Privacy Day Twitter chats that will feature helpful information and resources so you, your followers, and others can understand how to be #PrivacyAware! Answer @StaySafeOnline tweets and use the hashtag #PrivacyAwareChat to spread the word.


Data Privacy and the UC San Diego Community
January 27, 10 a.m. - Register here

Cybersecurity Awareness Program Coordinator, Ronise Zenon, discusses data concerns specific to UC San Diego affiliates — including tips and resources to help you protect your personal data and ways to ensure that data of individuals served by the university is protected. 


Nevada System of Higher Ed GDPR panel
January 27, 12 p.m. - Register here

Campus Privacy Officer, Pegah K. Parsi, participates on a panel that will provide varied expertise regarding GDPR and its requirements. You will learn the terminology and principles included in GDPR and the steps you can take to become compliant.


IP Piracy in Life Science
January 27, 1 p.m. - Register here

For many life science startups, IP is the most crucial factor that determines whether they succeed or fail. An innovative concept and freedom to operate are essential to winning investment.

But hostile foreign and domestic actors want to steal ideas and data from scientists and entrepreneurs. They target the most vulnerable: academics and early-stage companies.

Are you one of these targets? Do you want to know what threats you face and what you can do to protect yourself? Join us to hear from FBI Special Agent Nicholas Shenkin, Director of the Strategic Technology Task Force for the FBI’s San Francisco Field Division.

Event held by QB3 and UCSF IT Security


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January 28, 9 a.m.

Join the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and LinkedIn for their signature event. It gathers data privacy experts from industry, government, academia and non-profit for keynotes, panels, and discussions on current topics in data privacy.

Recordings of these sessions are available on the NCSA's YouTube channel.


EDUCAUSE Webinar: The Rise of the Chief Privacy Officer (CPO) in Higher Ed
January 28, 10 a.m.

Campus Privacy Officer, Pegah K. Parsi, participates on a panel focusing on the evolving role of the Chief Privacy Officer, exploring recent research findings, and sharing current Chief Privacy Officers' challenges and successes.

Recordings and resources from this session will be available on the EDUCAUSE event archive page.


Privacy 101 Workshop
January 28, 12:45 p.m. - Register via UC Learning Center (if you are unable to register through the UC Learning Center, email to be added to the list)

Campus Privacy Officer, Pegah K. Parsi, talks about privacy issues here on campus and how individuals can best protect themselves and the personal data they handle. It is a prerequisite for any other trainings they offer. 


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February 8-12 - Register here

This year, UC campuses are collaborating on a UC-wide Love Data Week series of data-related talks, presentations, and workshops during February 8-12. All events are free to attend and open to any member of the UC community. The full agenda has over 25 presentations/workshops, including data publishing basics, introduction to statistics in R, working with GIS data, best practices for working with social media data, an overview of social science data repositories, cybersecurity, updates on NIH data sharing requirements, text mining for health data, and many others.

Data Privacy and the UC San Diego Community
February 12, 10 a.m. - Register here

Pandemics, Protests, and Politics: Privacy in 2021
February 17, 1 p.m. - Register via Eventbrite

Campus Privacy Officer, Pegah K. Parsi, talks about privacy issues from the global pandemic to protests to political campaigning & voting. Join us to discuss the privacy issues of the day and learn about the practices that should guide program design.


General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Primer
February 18, 2 p.m. - Register via UC Learning Center (if you are unable to register through the UC Learning Center, email to be added to the list)


Privacy 101 Workshop
February 23, 8:45 a.m. - Register via UC Learning Center (if you are unable to register through the UC Learning Center, email to be added to the list)

Campus Privacy Office

UC Resources

Additional Resources

EDUCAUSE: EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association and the largest community of technology, academic,
industry, and campus leaders advancing higher education through the use of IT.

STOP.THINK.CONNECT.: STOP. THINK. CONNECT.TM is a national public awareness campaign aimed at increasing the understanding of cyber threats and empowering the American public to be safer and more secure online.

National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA): Learn how to protect yourself, your family and your business with free, downloadable, tipsheets, videos and other resources from the NCSA's Resource Library.

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA): CISA leads the effort to enhance the security, resiliency, and reliability of the Nation's cybersecurity and communications infrastructure.

Federal Trade Commission: Privacy and security resources for consumers and businesses.

Consumer Reports: Consumer Reports shares privacy tips, product ratings and news to help consumers protect their privacy.

For more information about protecting your security and privacy, visit: and

Contact IT Services Security at and the Campus Privacy Office at