First, a short definition of data protection; it is the right of individuals to control their personal information and the set of legal and IT technologies that ensure the security, integrity and availability of this information. Also, in 2018 the General Data Protection Regulation, also known as the GDPR, became applicable for the entire European Union.
At SW Hosting we take this very seriously, not only because we comply with the law, but also because it is important to us that you feel safe and secure with us. At the bottom of our website, also known as the footer, we provide you with the EU data protection policy documents (GDPR), so you can check for yourself our compliance with this regulation. Or you can click here.
Since when has it been celebrated? And why?
International Data Protection Day, is celebrated every year on 28 January, and is also known as "Privacy Day" outside Europe. The decision to celebrate it was taken in 2006 by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. On this day, apart from celebrating the anniversary of the signature of Convention 108, it aims to inform and educate users, and all citizens, about the rights they have regarding their data, how to execute them and about the importance of their protection.
It is important to emphasize that this day is very important, since many people are unaware of their rights. It is also a good day to promote and build awareness about how to protect oneself on the Internet and about the processing of personal data.
Which rights are there?
As mentioned above, this day helps to build awareness and inform about the rights that users have over their data.
Here are some of them, which the AEPD (Spanish Data Protection Agency) says you have:
If you wish to know this rights in depth, here is a link to the AEPD, but be aware, this page is in Spanish.
Tips to improve privacy
We have explained some of the rights you have over your data. Now we will share with you some tips about how to improve your privacy, so that your data will not be affected or manipulated by any illicit identity:
Do you know any other tip? Write them in the comments, so that we can share our advices with each other.
A little bit of extra information
Although it is data protection day, we cannot forget about artificial intelligence, as there is a whole regulation in process about it (AIA) and it is very important when it comes to applying it to personal data. In this regulation, apart from defining the different AIs, it also supervises the risk that this type of privacy systems may cause, together with the rights of individuals. It should be clarified that this act or regulation is still in its early stages, but we have no doubt that it will progress very quickly.
Then, moving on to cyber security, one of the topics that interests us the most. It is known that due to certain errors in the 2016 NIS Directive, a new one is being developed to provide better security. Many entities and sectors will be obliged to comply with this Directive. In the case of the financial sector, which is already very advanced, it proposes to control the possible risks involved in the use of information technology and outsourced services.
Finally, you can find articles related to the subject in the search engine of our blog, for example, about compliance with the LOPD (Organic Law on Data Protection). A law that promises to guarantee and protect the processing of personal data, personal privacy and intimacy, the fundamental rights of individuals and public freedoms. And many others, just keep in mind that they are old, but they are fine if you are curious.
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