Today, January 28, is Data Privacy Day.  It is an international effort to empower individuals and business to respect privacy, safeguard data and enable trust.

Data about you can be used in a variety of ways, sometimes in ways you wouldn’t expect or even approve.  That’s why it’s important to understand the value of your personal information and how to manage it when possible.

Here are three ways to manage your privacy:

  1. Personal information is like money.  Value it.  Protect it. 
    Be thoughtful about how your personal information is collected through apps and websites.  This information can often be found in a company’s privacy policy.
  2. Own your online presence.
    Set the privacy and security setting on at least one service and/or device to your comfort level for sharing.
  3. Lock down your login.
    If you are a staff or faculty member at Carleton, set up multi-factor authentication (MFA) on your MyCarletonOne account.  Students, choose one of your online accounts and turn on the strongest authentication tools available.  Your usernames and passwords are not enough to protect key accounts like email, banking and social media.

These tips are provided courtesy of

Want to learn more about Data Privacy?  Attend the streamed live virtual event “A New Era in Privacy”  this evening at 5pm.

Text on image of golden gate bridge reads: Data Privacy Day, A new Era in dprivacy live from linked in san francisco

This event will feature engaging panels, TED-style talks and interviews focusing on the latest privacy issues for consumers and businesses.