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2020 Data Privacy Day

Act to Protect Your Online Privacy on January 28th and every day

Do you know all that you need to about how the information you enter for your online accounts is being used?  Is it being collected and shared in ways that you are not aware of?  Data Privacy Day (January 28th) aims to inspire dialogue and empower individuals and companies to take action.

Data Privacy Day is part of an international campaign held annually on January 28th that promotes awareness of the importance of privacy.  It highlights easy ways to protect personal information and reminds organizations that privacy is good for business. This year, everyone is encouraged to “Own Their Privacy” by learning more about how to help protect the valuable data that is online. One simple thing you can do is to update your privacy settings by using a helpful tool created by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA).

As a Data Privacy Champion, Ewing Township has joined the global effort among government organizations and municipalities, corporations and nonprofits, the academic community and others to raise awareness about the importance of respecting privacy at home, at work, at school, and in the community.  As a Champion, Ewing Township recognizes and supports the principle that all organizations share the responsibility of being conscientious stewards of personal information.

Did you know that many Americans acknowledge that they are not always diligent about paying attention to privacy policies and terms of service and that 78% of adults in the United States say they understand very little or nothing about what the government and companies do with the data they collect?  63% of Americans also say they have very little or no understanding of the laws and regulations that are currently in place to protect their privacy.

We encourage you to check the following tips and links to learn how you can become a more conscientious steward of your personal information.  Stay tuned for privacy updates on our Facebook page. 

Staying Safe on Social Media

  • Think before you click or post
  • Be careful of ”oversharing” and never share personally identifiable info on social media (DOB, SSN, phone number, e-mail, etc.)
  • If asked for DOB, consider using a nonsense date such as 1/1/1904
  • Never use a work email address on social media. If you must, create a separate account.

Social Media Best Practices

  • Digital Audit
    Know what’s out there about yourself. Conduct an audit of your digital accounts, who has access to them, information posted….
  • Password Security
    Tips include: go longer because length trumps complexity | use unique passphrases | discourage password sharing among colleagues | Select security questions only you know the answer to | Change passphrases quickly if there is a breach | Use password managers
  • Two Factor Authentication
    Enable 2FA or Multifactor Authentication on all accounts
  • Limit Access
    The account is yours. It is up to you to protect it.
  • Take care with what you share
    What you post could have a bigger "audience" than you think | once posted, always posted | get someone's okay before you share photos or videos they're in | discourage office photography | keep personal info personal | not everyone is your friend
  • Secure Connections
    Say no to public Wi-Fi | disable Auto Connect | Virtual Private Networks
  • Privacy settings

Links to Help You Safeguard Your Privacy
NCSA's Top Recommendations for a New Digital You

Update Your Privacy Setting for your accounts
Links for information and to update your privacy settings on popular devices and online services.   

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How to Manage your Privacy Settings on Social MediaFrom Experian.