It’s Monday, January 28th, 2008. The start of a new workweek for many, the end of a workweek for some, and just another day for so many young twenty-somethings in Los Angeles who, uh, “don’t work.” You know who I mean.
That being said, it is also “Data Privacy Day,” according to a representative of the Bush Administration, and the IAPP.
What is the IAPP, you ask? Good question. I had never heard of it until today, which is curious, considering that I’ve been working in the online sphere for quite some time, and have blogged about the topic of online privacy on more than one occasion. At any rate, perhaps I am just late to the party on this one (or perhaps not).
The IAPP is the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Their mission, according to their website, is as follows:
Founded in 2001? Umm. Okay. So I’m seven years late to the party. Add the fact that there are corporate members of the IAPP who exist at various “levels” to the mix and the whole operation becomes even more curious. So curious, in fact, that I decided to go ahead and call the number listed on their website for more information.
Unfortunately, there was no live receptionist (although one is listed in their “Staff” section) and no menu option for those looking for answers to “General Questions.” Hmm. I ended up leaving a message for their Marketing Director, the closest thing I found to a PR rep. I’ll let you know if I receive a call back.
Onward, back to “Data Privacy Day.” Apparently this is the first year that the United States and Canada are joining in the celebration, which culminates in a conference on privacy at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina entitled “Data Privacy in Transatlantic perspective: Conflict or Cooperation?” Huh?
Likewise, Google, who is listed as a “corporate member” of the IAPP, is also doing its part, and today released the third video on search privacy on it’s Privacy Channel, as hosted by YouTube, which was recently launched in November 2007.
Oh, and the whole thing is sponsored by the FTC (Federal Trade Commission), among others.
Alright, I’m going to call a spade a spade here and admit that I’m not very knowledgeable about the origins of this “Data Privacy Day,” certainly not enough to wax poetic on the subject. And I find it interesting that the information I have come across thus far online all seems to regurgitate the same facts over and over, facts I have already mentioned in this blog – and I’m writing about it for these very reasons.
I am curious how all of this came to be, and why. And I’m curious as to whom “Data Privacy Day” really benefits in the end.
Any insight on this mystery is welcome. Please post your thoughts below.