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Chime or Go2Bank Solicitations

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Keep It Private. Respect Privacy.

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. In 2022, National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCA) expanded the Data Privacy Day campaign into Data Privacy Week, a full week-long initiative.

Data Privacy Week is an annual campaign to spread awareness about data privacy and educate individuals on how to secure their personal information. It also encourages organizations to respect privacy and be more transparent about how they collect, store and use data. This year, Data Privacy Week 2022, spotlights the value of information and how to “Keep It Private” and “Respect Privacy.”

Data privacy and protecting personal information is important to UC San Diego and we are proud to be a Data Privacy Week Champion.

1.pngThis acknowledges our dedication to empowering our community, respecting privacy, and safeguarding data. By treating individuals and their information with respect, we demonstrate trust, uphold our ethical responsibility as good data stewards, and follow our Privacy Guiding Principles. We encourage everyone to visit staysafeonline.org to check and update their privacy settings on all accounts. Take five minutes today to manage the privacy settings on the accounts you use most.

KEEP IT PRIVATE

Everything you do online generates data. There’s data about your activities, behaviors, and interests. There’s your personal data, like your social security and driver’s license numbers. And there’s data about the physical you, like health data. It’s easy to feel a lack of control over the information collected about you. However, there are steps you can take to learn about the types of data you’re generating online, and how it’s collected, shared and used.

Follow these steps to better manage your personal information and make informed decisions about who receives your data:

Understand the privacy/convenience tradeoff
Many accounts ask for access to personal information, such as your geographic location, contacts list, and photo album, before you even use their services. This personal information has tremendous value to businesses and allows some to even offer you their services at little to no cost.
 
Make informed decisions about whether or not to share your data with certain businesses by considering the amount of personal information they are asking for, and weighing it against the benefits you may receive in return. Be thoughtful about who gets that information and wary of apps or services that require access to information that is not required or relevant for the services they are offering. Delete unused apps on your internet-connected devices and keep others secure by performing updates.

Manage your privacy
Once you have decided to use an app or set up a new account, check the privacy and security settings on web services and apps and set them 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. Get started with NCA’s Manage Your Privacy Settings page to check the settings of social media accounts, retail stores, apps and more.

Protect your data
Data privacy and data security go hand in hand. Keep your data secure by creating long, unique passwords and storing them in a password manager. Add another layer of security by enabling multi-factor authentication (MFA) wherever possible, especially on accounts with sensitive information. MFA has been found to block 99.9% of automated attacks when enabled and can ensure your data is protected, even in the event of a data breach.

Visit our Data Privacy Week page for more detailed information on each of these steps and take back control of your data. See our events page dedicated to Data Privacy Week for ways you can participate.

Hear Campus Privacy Officer Pegah K. Parsi discuss data privacy and systemwide events planned for Data Privacy Week (January 24-28):

1Links to registration pages. 2Links to film trailer.

For more information about the Data Privacy Week initiative, visit https://staysafeonline.org/data-privacy-week/

For more information, contact IT Services' Office of Information Assurance at cybersecurity@ucsd.edu.

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