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Data Privacy Day 2019

Data Privacy Day brings together businesses and private citizens to share the best strategies for protecting private information. The 2019 Data Privacy Day theme centers on “Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data and Enabling Trust.”

Everyone in the University of Richmond community is responsible for the protection of our students' privacy and their personal information. However, you don't need to understand the nuances of every privacy regulation currently affecting higher education to tackle data privacy issues on campus. Whether you are working on a data breach response plan, updating institutional policies, collaborating with researchers on a new project, or educating students, faculty, and staff about data privacy, consider teaming up with your institution's security team. The security team will be more than happy to lend expertise and help make sure privacy, risk, and information security considerations are carefully weighed.

Know and understand your privacy policies

  • University of Richmond has a standard privacy policy, statement, or notice on their website to help visitors understand the practices related to the collection, use, or disclosure of information.
  • Additional privacy statements or notices may be included in third-party contracts or services offered to students, faculty, and staff (e.g., learning management systems used for classes).
  • Also consider any third-party privacy policies or terms and conditions you may have agreed to as an individual (e.g., Facebook or any other third-party services or apps that aren't officially hosted by University of Richmond through a signed contract).

Always start with privacy

  • Include privacy in the planning phase of all new projects.
  • If you don't need personal information, don't collect it. You can always request more later.
  • Inform your customers about why you're collecting their personal information.

Keep and use data securely

  • Keep personal information confidential and limit access to the data.
  • Make sure you're only using the data the way you said you'd use it. Ensure you get the customer's consent before you use it otherwise.
  • Destroy or deidentify private information when you no longer need it.
  • Know your data breach response plan.

Securing the Human: Privacy Video

The following video discusses privacy best practices and tips on keeping information private.

University of Richmond is a Data Privacy Day Champion!


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