You’re Invited to Privacy After Hours Networking: Canada’s Data Privacy Day Jan.28, 2013

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You're Invited to Privacy After Hours Networking: Canada's Data Privacy Day January 28, 2013
You’re Invited to Privacy After Hours Networking: Canada’s Data Privacy Day January 28, 2013

Canada, along with many countries around the world, celebrates Data Privacy Day  which is held today, January 28, every year:

  • Data Privacy Day began in the United States and Canada in January 2008, as an extension of the Data Protection Day celebration in Europe
    • The Day commemorates the 1981 signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection

  • Recognized by privacy professionals, corporations, government officials, academics and students around the world, Data Privacy Day highlights the impact that technology is having on our privacy rights and underlines the importance of valuing and protecting personal information
  • This year’s theme of the the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada is: Take control of your information. Don’t let it come back to haunt you!”:
    • Get CyberSafe:  get online safety tips, tricks and advice to make this your cyber-safest year ever

Also, please click here for more info and Data Privacy Day updates from the Manitoba Ombudsman:

International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)


Privacy After Hours

Join local privacy pros for a fun night of networking!

In recognition of Data Privacy Day, the next Privacy After Hours takes place today, January 28, 2013

Check the list below to find a gathering near you, and then RSVP today!

  • “Privacy After Hours is an opportunity to get to know other privacy professionals in your city at an “after hours” venue for a casual evening of socializing and networking
  • Privacy After Hours are hosted by a local IAPP member
  • Anyone can attend
    • You don’t have to be an IAPP member, just interested in or involved with the use and protection of personal information

    • Attendees are responsible for their own expenses

  • Please Note: Privacy After Hours are not eligible for Continuing Privacy Education (CPE) credits”
  • Date: Monday, January 28, 2013

Please click here for more info and other locations of the Privacy After Hours networking event outside Canada.

Happy Data Privacy Day!

Manitoba Ombudsman

Manitoba, Canada


January 28, 2013

Take control of your information. Don’t let it come back to haunt you: Data Privacy Day raises awareness about the impact technology is having on privacy and promotes the importance of valuing and protecting personal information. 

Manitoba Ombudsman is delivering this message in partnership with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada in support of Data Privacy Day, which is marked annually by organizations around the world on .

In Canada, this year’s Data Privacy Day theme is: “Take control of your information.  Don’t let it come back to haunt you.”

Some of the steps people can take to control their personal information include:

  • Give out as little personal information as possible. If you are being asked for your birth date, email address, or other details, ask why. Don’t provide it if you don’t have to.
  • Think carefully before posting information about yourself online to avoid regrets later.
  • Know how your personal information will be used. Ask questions and read privacy policies.
  • Ensure your computer has the newest version of your Internet browser; install up-to-date software and virus protection; and make sure your wireless network is secure.
  • Secure mobile devices with hard-to-guess passwords and avoid storing sensitive information on them.
  • Put sensitive paper documents in a shredder – not the recycling bin.

Taking control of personal information is useful advice for individuals, but also for organizations and businesses and that collect personal information. Protecting personal information has much greater value to organizations than simply complying with privacy laws – it helps to develop consumer trust. To assist Manitoba public bodies and trustees in meeting their privacy obligations under FIPPA and PHIA, our office has produced practice notes on various privacy issues.

To help Manitobans understand their privacy rights, Manitoba Ombudsman has developed the following resources:

To mark Data Privacy Day 2013, Manitoba Ombudsman has available:

  • a series of three bilingual posters highlighting this year’s Data Privacy Day theme, produced by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, and
  • “ID shields” for contactless credit and debit cards, to protect against identity theft and fraud. For more information on the ID shields, see our article on page 2 of the 2012-4 issue of OmbudsNews.

For posters and ID shields, please contact 204-982-9130, 1-800-665-0531 or


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