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Monday, February 1, 2010

January 28th was International Data Privacy Day?? Never knew that! Never heard of it before....until now!

Last Thursday, January 28,2009 was the 3rd annual international "Data Privacy Day"
Did you know this? I sure didn't. Data Privacy Day is celebrated on January 28th in the United States, Canada, and 27 European countries in an effort to raise awareness and generate discussion about data privacy and protection.

A writer by the name of  Marshall Kirkpatrick  of ReadWrite ( has had an article of his entitled,
"Privacy, Facebook and the Future of the Internet", published on the New York Times online.

Mr. Kirpatrick states:

"Today (January 28th)  is the 3rd annual international Data Privacy Day and a whole bunch of companies are listed on the organization's website as participants. Google, Microsoft, even Walmart. Facebook is not listed as a participant and has stirred up a lot of controversy with changes to its privacy policy lately."

Why are these corporations singing out loud about protecting our personal privacy? According to the website, "Data Privacy Day is an international celebration of the dignity of the individual expressed through personal information." More than dignity, this is about building trust with consumers so that these companies can do things with our personal data. Some of those are things we might like, a lot. Aggregate data analysis and personal recommendation could be the foundation of the next step of the internet. Unfortunately, Facebook's recent privacy policy changes put that future at risk by burning the trust of hundreds of millions of mainstream users."

I suggest all of you who have read the beginning of this article  view the remainder of  Marshall Kirpatrick's article because he discusses why he believes the the changes to Facebook's policy was not a good idea. As Mr. Kirpatrick states:

"Facebook began prompting users to re-evaluate their privacy settings.Public was the new default and some fields on a user's profile were suddenly and irrevocably made visible to the web at large. Your photo, your list of friends and your interests as expressed through fan page subscriptions could no longer be set to private.
Sorry, 350 million people who signed up for the old system. When Facebook said in the fine print that it reserved the right to change its policies, the company really meant it."

 To read the remainder of Marshall Kirpatrick's article, please click on the following link:

Here are some more links concerning "International Data Privacy Day" which  I contain important information and which I believe you should visit:

Those of you with facebook accounts may want to join the following groups:
Data Privacy Day 2009 and the group "Things you didn't know about FACEBOOK"  (the latter group is defined as being "The Unoffical Facebook Privacy Group.)

Here is a video about Data Privacy Day 2010 which was created by Microsoft Europe and Posted to Youtube by the company: link:

 Data Protection Day 2010 - Think Privacy 


So what do you think about the idea of having a  International Data Privacy Day? I would be interested to know, and I assure you I won't tell anyone else what your perceptions about this day are, you can even chose to tell me via a message you sign, "Anonymous" :)

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"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."-Sidney Madwed

Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia

A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed

Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller

Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns

Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama

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Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.