Yesterday was recognized as World Data Privacy Day globally, except in the EU, where it is known as the Data Protection Day.
In most online magazines, there were articles about how to protect yourself. The Data Economy website has provided 10 tips for safeguarding your data. Some good ones include:
- Carefully read and modify your privacy settings on websites you visit
- Actively manage your reputation online, by deciding who can see your content
- Always use added security, beyond simple passwords, for your online accounts
- Be aware of what others are posting about you, this can impact your online reputation big-time
- Always keep a backup of your online data, including photos, posts, credit card statements etc.
For consumers, there are the data protection laws that protect their online and offline data. However, a point to note is that these don't actively protect you against hacking or other attacks on your reputation. They will provide a legal framework to address the issues that arise if your privacy is breached.
For victims of identity theft or data theft, the consequences can be immense, and it is a prolonged process to recover from the same. There is also a comedy movie from Hollywood called Identity Thief released in 2013 that touches on this subject.
If you are concerned about your privacy, or identity management, ensure that you follow at least some basic security protocols, such as those listed above. Depending on the country you live in, data recovery or reputation management can be very difficult once data is released in the public domain.