Data Protection Day 2017
Today, the 28th of January, is the EU’s Data Protection Day 2017. Did you know?
This international initiative, now in its eleventh year, is targeted at promoting awareness among consumers and businesses to the importance of safeguarding data, respecting privacy and creating trust.
Let’s make 2017 a more secure year, let’s concentrate on keeping our data safe and secure. We need to educate people as to how to achieve this and not blame them when it goes wrong. If people are properly educated the above breaches would probably never have happened.
Things you can do to help you and your family.
- Check all your social media settings. Have you got the correct privacy settings? Do your settings need updating? Make sure you log out. If you lose your phone and you’ve not logged out, your personal data is at risk.
- Make sure all your pc software is up to date and that you have added any new security updates.
- Change all your passwords for banking, social media, shopping sites etc. Make sure you use a range of symbols, numbers, upper and lower case letters.
Things you can do to help your business.
- Make sure all your staff are aware of Data Protection
- Not to give out any personal details without permission; Do you know you could be fined if you deliberately give out anyone’s personal information.
- Update your passwords on a regular basis and use a strong password.
- Never click links on emails that ask for your personal details, credit card details or any password.
- Install a firewall and virus-checking on your computers, and ensure that your operating system is set up to receive automatic updates and download the latest security updates.
- Only allow your staff access to the information they need to do their job and don’t let them share passwords.
- Make sure all personal information held electronically is encrypted as it would cause damage or distress if it were lost or stolen.
- Back-up your computer system regularly and keep the back-up in a separate place so that if you lose your computers, you don’t lose the information.
- Shred all your confidential paper waste.
“The ICO is the UK’s independent body set up to uphold information rights”. Their responsibility is to uphold information rights in the public interest. The ICO can help with Data Protection information. Visit www.ico.co.uk
Here are some posters, stickers and postcards to help you promote good data protection practice in your own organisation.
To download click on the ICO link below: