Data Privacy Day

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Last updated: Friday, January 26, 2018 - 9:05am
Posted Jan 26, 2018 9:05 AM

Data Privacy Day (Yes, it’s a thing!)

Did you know that Data Privacy Day was originally founded in Europe on January 28, 1981 to commemorate the signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection? It began in the United States and Canada in January 2008 and is observed annually on January 28.

Privacy is everyone’s business. Although Data Privacy Day is one day dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of protecting privacy data both on and offline, you should get into the habit of protecting data every day.

Some simple ways you can protect data:

If you are in the HIPAA Covered entity and see something that looks like a potential privacy violation concerning Protected Health Information (PHI), say something. Report HIPAA Privacy concerns to:

Cynthia Herrera Lindstrom

UofI HIPAA Privacy & Security Officer

1940 W Taylor St #124

Chicago, IL 60612

(844) 341-2201


UofI University Ethics and Compliance Office

(866) 758-2146

If you have privacy concerns about other types of data, report them to the Chief Information Security and Privacy Officer at

If you collect it, protect it!

Any High Risk (such as PHI) or Sensitive data (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act - FERPA) you gather for your job should be handled with care as if it were your own personal information.

Ctrl>Alt> Delete before you leave your seat.

Always lock your computer screen when you leave your desk for any reason (e.g., retrieving a document from the printer, leaving your desk to attend a meeting, going to the break area for a quick cup of coffee, or going out for lunch).

  • To lock your computer on:
    • Windows: Press Win+L key combination or Ctrl>Alt> Delete key combination.
    • Mac: select "Lock Screen" from the Apple menu or Control-Command-Q key combo

Share with care.

Remember to verify the person or entity you are sharing data with is authorized to receive it and provide only the minimum necessary information to accomplish the task.

For more ways to protect data visit the ACCC webpage at

Thank you for your attention and have a Happy and Safe Data Privacy Day!