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Data Privacy Month Campus Activities, January 2012 - What's Your Campus Doing?

Many institutions are celebrating Data Privacy Month in January. Here are just a few examples. We hope that you will be able to adapt these materials for use at your institution or that the creativity behind these activities will inspire you to host your own events or develop your own original resources! If you would like to share your efforts, please contact us.

  • Brown University Data Privacy Day 2012: Brown's Information Security Group is planning a special event for Friday, February 10 in recognition of Data Privacy Day and to coincide with the release of Identity Finder at the institution. Three 50 minute sessions will cover topics including identity theft, an introduction to the software Identity Finder, PII and the law, and how to manage your online life.
  • Dalhousie University Data Privacy Day 2012: Dalhousie's half-day conference on January 25, 2012, will feature a variety of informative presentations and a lunch.
  • Denison University Data Privacy Day 2012: Denison provided its students with an article about Data Privacy Day and the importance of protecting the privacy of personal information online in the student paper. Denison's Information Security Officer is also hosting a presentation on Thursday, January 26, for students on campus. Denison used posters from the Stop.Think.Connect. campaign to advertise the talk as well as the article in the paper. The presentation and Q&A will be recorded and may be edited for purposes of a podcast.
  • Georgetown University Data Privacy Awareness 2012: This website provides links to Georgetown's IT Policies, federal regulations related to privacy, and privacy topics for faculty, staff, and students. Georgetown's CIO also sent an informational e-mail to faculty and staff (please see the attachment below).
  • Data Privacy Day 2012 at Indiana University: For the fifth year in a row, Indiana University is participating in Data Privacy Day. This year's free event – FERPA for Everyone! – will take place January 27, 2012, at IUPUI (attend online and in person). In 2008, for IU's inaugural Data Privacy Day, the Information Policy Office made arrangements with numerous departments to fund unlimited document destruction.
  • Ohio State University Data Privacy Month 2012: The Office of the Chief Information Officer published a newsletter on January 23, 2012. In addition to publishing information about social, financial, and legal issues related to privacy, the article includes tips to protect yourself. At the end of the message, you can test your knowledge with with a crossword puzzle. Two randomly-drawn winners from OSU will win cross-cut shredders so they can securely dispose of their sensitive data on paper.
  • Stanford Center for Internet and Society: On January 12, 2012, The Center for Internet and Society hosted a conversation with FTC Commissioner Julie Brill, where she spoke about the Federal Trade Commission's initiatives to protect consumer privacy. The Stanford Daily wrote an article about the event on January 13.
  • University of Kentucky "Security Matters" Article: On January 16, 2012, UK's Chief Information Security Officer published an article about controlling online security and privacy in the Kentucky Kernel – a student-run publication. Others are invited to publish this content in their campus student newspaper or through staff and faculty newsletters (please provide appropriate credit).
  • University of Pennsylvania "One Step Ahead" Tip: The Offices of Information Systems & Computing and Audit, Compliance & Privacy published privacy-related information as part of their "One Step Ahead" series of tips in the University of Pennsylvania's Almanac on January 10, 2012. Additionally, the university will publish an ad in the student paper, the Daily Pennsylvanian. The ad directs readers to a privacy website, with updated materials to help answer the question "What are you doing about privacy today?".
  • The Center for Identity at The University of Texas, Austin: On February 1, UT-Austin's Center for Identity and Coalfire will host a seminar, "New Privacy & Security Challenges Created by the Consumerization of IT" that will focus on today's consumerization of IT and the 'Bring Your Own Device' (BYOD) trend in the office environment.
  • University of Washington Information Security Seminar: On January 26, 2012, the Office of the CISO is hosting an Information Security Seminar about Data Privacy Day.
  • University of Wisconsin-Superior: The Technology Services department at UW-Superior posted an article about what they're doing to help protect data privacy on campus and how others can do their part for Data Privacy Day 2012.
  • Several institutions – like the University of Vermont –are planning to host the free Data Privacy Month webinars offered by EDUCAUSE throughout the month of January. Use the EDUCAUSE on Campus resource to help plan an event and invite other staff, faculty, or students to participate. For more details, visit
  • Many campuses are creating Twitter campaigns to share tips for protecting personal data with their followers. Be sure to follow @HEISCouncil, @EDUCAUSE, @EDUCAUSEPolicy, @StaySafeOnline, and @DataPrivacyDay to stay informed about Data Privacy Month activities, events, and resources!