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Data Privacy Day/Month

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


Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data and Enabling Trust #PrivacyAware

Safeguarding Privacy

It's that time of year again! With Data Privacy Month upon us, we turn the conversation to institutional privacy and consider the necessary privacy principles to care for other people’s personal data. Demonstrating trust is the first step. As mentioned previously, that care is critical throughout the data lifecycle from collection, processing, sharing and storing to destruction. Privacy is essential to many core university activities and requires clear-cut guidelines specifying who has access to data, how complete the data inventory is, and where the data is stored.

Together with information security, privacy underpins the University of California’s ability to be a good steward of the information entrusted to it by its 235,000 students and 185,000 employees, and by its extended community of patients, alumni, donors, volunteers and many others; and obligations in both areas continue to proliferate even as the transparency required of public institutions remains an important cornerstone of the University. How privacy is balanced against the many rights, values, and desires of our society is among the most challenging issues of our time. We are committed to maintaining that balance and upholding this right.

Tips to Help Protect Your Privacy

  • Personal info is like money: Value it. Protect it. Information about you, such as your purchase history or location, has value – just like money. Be thoughtful about who gets that information and how it’s collected through apps and websites. You should delete unused apps, keep others current and review app permissions.
  • Share with care. Think before posting about yourself and others online. Consider what it reveals, who might see it and how it could be perceived now and in the future.
  • Own your online presence. Set the privacy and security settings on websites and apps to your comfort level for information sharing. Each device, application or browser you use will have different features to limit how and with whom you share information.
  • Think before you act. Information about you, such as the games you like to play, your contacts list, where you shop and your geographic location, has tremendous value. Be thoughtful about who gets that information and understand how it’s collected through websites and apps.


Watch recordings of the StaySafeOnline Data Privacy Day event 2020: A Vision for the Future and the EDUCAUSE webinar Privacy 2020: Where Have We Been and What's Next?

Celebrate Data Privacy Month and Love Data Week (February 10-14) with us and the Campus Privacy Office at events hosted by The Library's Research Data Curation Program. Registration is required.

  • On Tuesday, February 11, Campus Privacy Officer Pegah Parsi will talk about recent data privacy news, how these issues may impact you, and what you can do to engage and protect yourself.
  • On Thursday, February 13, Cybersecurity Awareness Program Coordinator Ronise Zenon will talk about data concerns specific to UC San Diego affiliates, including tips and resources to help you protect your data.

More information

UC Resources

Campus Privacy Office




Resources from and National Cyber Security Alliance


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

Contact IT Services Security at and the Campus Privacy Office at