Data Privacy Week 2023
Federal Privacy Council
About Data Privacy Week
Data Privacy Week commemorates the January 28, 1981 signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection. Since 2009, resolutions passed by Congress have supported the designation of January 28th as National Data Privacy Day in the United States. This year, the Data Privacy Day campaign has been expanded into Data Privacy Week, a full week-long initiative.
Data Privacy Week is a global effort meant to raise awareness about the importance of respecting privacy, safeguarding data, and enabling trust. Learn more at staysafeonline.org/data-privacy-week.
The themes for Data Privacy Week 2023 are "Respect Privacy" for organizations and "Data: The Story of You" for individuals.
- Know the Tradeoff Between Privacy and Convenience. Make informed decisions about sharing your personal information with business or services. Asking yourself these questions can help: “Can you control your data while still using the service?”, “Is the data requested even relevant for the application or service?”, and “Is the service, application, or game worth the amount of personal information they want in return?”.
- Adjust the Settings to Your Comfort Level. Take control of your digital identity by checking your privacy and security settings: staysafeonline.org/resources/manage-your-privacy-settings. You don't have to do this for every account at once, start small and over time you'll make a habit of adjusting all your settings to your comfort.
- Protect Your Data. Data privacy and data security go hand-in-hand. Along with managing your privacy settings, follow some simple cybersecurity tips to keep it safe. Learn more here: staysafeonline.org/resources/online-safety-basics.
Bolster Privacy Awareness in Your Agency. Use Data Privacy Week to help your employees, contractors, and key internal stakeholders understand federal privacy requirements. Share these FPC educational videos within your agency.
- Roles in Federal Privacy [video]
- Privacy Act [video]
- Privacy Impact Assessments [video]
- Fair Information Practice Principles (FIPPs) [video]
- Fair Information Practice Principles Icons [image]
- Leverage FPC Privacy Tools and Resources. Stay aware of new tools and resources that will help with your privacy program and compliance, like the Systems of Records Notice (SORN) Dashboard on the FPC website.
- Bolster Privacy Awareness in Your Agency. Use Data Privacy Week to help your employees, contractors, and key internal stakeholders understand federal privacy requirements. Share these FPC educational videos within your agency.
Data Privacy Week Events
Government-wide Events (Open to all Federal Employees)
- On January 24, The Department of State will host the Ralph J. Bunche Library Speaker Series, in partnership with the Department's Privacy Office at 12:00pm. Author Tracey Follows will discuss her book “The Future of You – Can Your Identity Survive 21st Century Technology?”. Click here to join the WebEx. This event is open to Federal employees and contractors outside of the Department of State.
- On January 24, The Department of Defense, Privacy, Civil Liberties, and Transparency Office will host its Privacy Summit. This event will cover various privacy and civil liberties topics such as innovation, technology, training, and data sharing. (Open to DoD personnel only).
- On January 24, The Department of Commerce will host its quarterly DOC Privacy Council meeting. The January DOC Privacy Council meeting will feature innovative investments in privacy enhancing technologies (PETs) across the Department, including presentations by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on the U.K.–U.S. PETs Prize Challenge and by the U.S. Census Bureau’s xD Initiative.
- On January 25, The Department of Education will host the final day of its three-day National Winter Webinar Series on student privacy. Details can be found at studentprivacy.ed.gov. Please utilize the following link to register for Day 3: Data Security and Data Breach Response, January 25, 2023, 2-4pm ET. This session is appropriate for anyone who has access to student data.
- On January 25, The Department of Veterans Affairs will host a virtual “Data Privacy: Check Your Knowledge” event. This virtual event will offer a fun way to test attendees’ privacy expertise and learn best practices from privacy professionals across VA. Please register using the VA IT Campus link: vaitcampus.com/event/34041. If you do not have access, please register online for a VA IT Campus account. This virtual event is only accessible to VA employees and contractors.
- On January 26, The Federal Privacy Council will host its 2022/2023 Federal Privacy Summit. The Federal Privacy Summit draws privacy professionals from across the Executive Branch. In addition to featuring exciting speakers and topics, this event includes the presentation of FPC Awards, which recognize the extraordinary achievements of Federal privacy professionals. Prior registration is required. (The Federal Privacy Summit is open to Federal employees and contractors.)
- On January 27, The Department of State's Privacy Office will host FTC Commissioner Christine Wilson, who will speak on: “Why Data Privacy Matters” at 12:00pm. Click here to join the WebEx. This event is open to Federal employees and contractors outside of the Department of State.
Federal Data Privacy Week Champions
The Federal Privacy Council is proud to recognize those agencies that opted into participating in the National Cyber Security Alliance's Data Privacy Day Champions program.
Federal Privacy Council
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Department of Defense
U.S. Department of Energy
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
U.S. Department of Interior
U.S. Department of Commerce
Federal Housing Finance Agency
Commodity Futures Trading Commission