We routinely share details about ourselves online, whether it is our phone number, a status update on social media, credit card details to buy online, a trail of cookies to use our favourite forum, or our name, date of birth, address or email address to access online services or apps.
Although these details don't look like much on their own, together they create our online identity — a profile of who we are; a picture of what we do and how we behave.
Data Privacy Day is an international day that occurs every January 28. Put it in your calendar as an annual event and remind yourself to ponder the consequences of all this information being out there.
The purpose of Data Privacy Day is to raise awareness and promote privacy and data protection best practices - in our professional as well as our social or personal lives.
Data Privacy Day is currently 'celebrated' in the United States, Canada, and 27 European countries. In Europe it is referred to as Data Protection Day. Learn more about the day on Wikipedia and about protecting your privacy on the website of the Australian Information Commissioner.