Happy Privacy Awareness Week 2017—Use Care When You Share Data


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Privacy Awareness Week is being celebrated this year in Australia, Hong Kong, Macau, New Zealand and the U.S. The privacy regulators in those countries are all members of the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA), which is coordinating the educational effort.

Hong Kong is celebrating Privacy Awareness Week May 8-14 with a robust line-up of events. The Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner and APPA are partnering with 132 secondary schools for the annual event, the theme of which is “Share Personal Data With Care.” There are a variety of public education events scheduled that are particularly aimed at schools.

Hong Kong will hold award ceremonies with the Student Ambassador and also present an award for the Short Video Competition 2017. The Hong Kong privacy regulator creating a number of informational posters, and will broadcast education videos at community centers. Not to forget the not-so-young, the privacy regulator will hold a series of education talks aimed at senior citizens.

New Zealand holds its Privacy Awareness Week  May 8-12. The Kiwis will focus on “Trust and Transparency,” holding events on privacy in broadcasting, employment and the internet.

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission also holds its Privacy Awareness Week May 8-12. Its website points users to its online resources but doesn’t list any scheduled events.

Australia will celebrate its Privacy Awareness Week May 15-19 in Sydney and Canberra and will also use the “Share With Care” theme to encourage people to watch out for their own privacy, and also use the theme “Trust and Transparency” which is aimed at the public sector. The Australian Privacy Commissioner will participate in a series of events, including an event on helping young people understand privacy.

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By George R. Lynch