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Data Privacy & Protection Day

Championing Data Privacy & Protection to Enhance Consumer Trust 

Data Privacy & Protection Day (DpD) recognizes the first data privacy directive signed on January 28, 1981.  Today DpD is 'celebrated' as Data Protection Day internationally, (Data Protection Day in the US), recognizing the importance of data protection and adoption of responsible privacy practices.  History of Data Protection Day

Supporting DpD, OTA has published an annual Cyber Incident & Breach Readiness Guide, promoting security standards, responsible privacy practices and related tools to aid organizations in enhancing the protection of their data and being prepared for a data loss incident.  Reflecting the evolution of cybercrime beyond the traditional breach, the 2017 Guide has been broadened to include the wider impact of cyber incidents.  As defined by OTA researchers, incidents include unauthorized; 1) access to a system or device and its data,  2) extraction, deletion or damage to any form of data,  3) disruption of availability and/or integrity of any business operation, and/or 4) activities causing financial or reputational harm.




2016 Data Protection & Breach Readiness Guide (revised May 16, 2016)

2016 Data Privacy/Breach Readiness Guide Press Release

2015 Data Privacy Day Video Highlights including fireside chat with FTC Commissioner McSweeney.   Panel Security & Privacy Beyond Your Walls & Summary Tim Rohrbaugh, CISO Identity Guard; Josh Aberant, Postmaster, Twitter; Chris Babel, CEO, TRUSTe and Tim Fitzgerald, VP and Chief Security Officer, Symantec. Includes Town Hall wrap up by Craig Spiezle, Executive Director, Online Trust Alliance. 


Consumer Data Breaches Level Off While Other Incidents Skyrocket

Wed, Jan 25, 2017

OTA documents 82,000 “cyber incidents” in 2016 negatively impacting organizations;
admits there could have been more than 250,000 when accounting for unreported incidents

Oct 26, 2016
Bloomberg BNA

Step away for a 90 second recess as Bloomberg BNA’s Jimmy H. Koo peppers Online Trust Alliance Executive Director and President Craig Spiezle with questions about privacy and security.

2016 Data Breach Guide - Significant Increase in Ransomware Extorting Businesses

Tue, Jan 26, 2016

The Online Trust Alliance (OTA), today released its 2016 Data Protection and Breach Readiness Guide. The Guide, released in recognition of Data Privacy & Protection Day, provides prescriptive advice to help businesses optimize online privacy and security practices, and detect, contain and remediate the risk and impact of data loss incidents. OTA found that cybercriminals are increasingly targeting businesses with ransomware. 

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