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NIU joins the National Cyber Security Alliance as a Data Privacy Day 2018 Champion

January 22, 2018

NIU has announced its commitment to Data Privacy Day ‒ an international effort held annually on Jan. 28, to create awareness about the importance of respecting privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust – by signing up as a Data Privacy Day 2018 Champion. As a Champion, NIU recognizes and supports the principle that all organizations share the responsibility of being conscientious stewards of personal information.

Data Privacy Day is part of a greater campaign that promotes awareness of the importance of privacy, highlights easy ways to protect personal information and reminds organizations that privacy is good for business. NIU joins the growing global effort among nonprofits, academic institutions, corporations, government entities, municipalities and individuals to raise awareness at home, at work and school, and in their communities. Through collaboration and unified, consistent messaging about privacy and protecting personal information, all Data Privacy Day Champions are working toward the common goal of improving individual and business consciousness toward respecting privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust.

According to Marisa Benson, associate vice president and university privacy officer, Division of Information Technology: “Like many universities, NIU is a multifaceted environment that is home to some, workplace to others, and research/academic center to others. We are concerned with the protection and privacy of NIU data as well as personal data that is stored, transmitted and processed using NIU resources. We are committed to a multi-layered defensive approach that uses various technologies and processes to safeguard personally identifiable information and other sensitive data. While we champion Data Privacy Day, we are on guard every day to protect the NIU community.”

In North America, the Data Privacy Day initiative is officially led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), a nonprofit, public-private partnership dedicated to promoting a safer, more secure and more trusted internet. Data Privacy Day began in the United States and Canada in January 2008 as an extension of the Data Protection Day celebration in Europe. Data Protection Day commemorates the Jan. 28, 1981, signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection.

In addition, NCSA wants to help keep you and your families #PrivacyAware and safer online. We encourage you to sign up for the National Cyber Security Alliance’s family online safety newsletter, #CyberAware. Each month you will receive helpful information about privacy and online safety news and free resources for you and your family.

More about NIU’s privacy and security practices and policies can be found here.