Recognizing Data Privacy Day

On January 26, 2009, the US House passed HR31 by a vote of 402-0, declaring January 28 as National Data Privacy Day.  Data Privacy Day is an educational initiative focused on raising awareness about the importance of individuals protecting their personal information online, particularly when it comes to social networking.

Personally identifiable information (PII) is information that, alone or combined with other information, identifies you.  It includes: name; social security number; date of birth; government identification number (like driver’s license); credit card/debit card account number with any security code, access code or password; mother’s maiden name; biometric data; medical data; cell phone number; and personal e-mail address.

WorkInTexas.com collects and stores much of this information due to federal funding and reporting requirements, and the responsibility that goes along with doing so is not something we take lightly.  WorkInTexas.com and Texas Workforce Solutions are bound by law to protect your PII, and we work hard to do so, all the time, through comprehensive processes, policies and procedures, as well as ongoing staff training.    

For you personally, taking care of your PII  means never posting it on a website you’re not familiar with or can’t validate thru a simple web search and never giving it out over the phone to someone who called you (ask for their phone number so you can call them back).  Obviously there is no silver bullet protection, but instituting these types of checks in your own daily routines will go a long way to keeping you and your information safe.

For more information about Data Privacy Day visit www.dataprivacyday.org.

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