5 Ways to Help Employees Be #PrivacyAware

Jan 27, 2021

Data Privacy Day, observed annually on January 28, is a global effort that generates awareness about the importance of privacy, highlights easy ways to protect personal information and reminds organizations that privacy is good for business.

In partnership with the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), Abacus Group has registered as an official Data Privacy Day Champion. To learn more about Data Privacy Day and our involvement, read our Press Release.

This year's Data Privacy Day initiative emphasizes cultivating trust among consumers by adopting data privacy frameworks and promoting transparency around data collection practices. The NCSA recommends 5 ways to help employees be #PrivacyAware.

  1. Create a #PrivacyAware Culture. Get leadership involved. Deputize privacy ambassadors. Create a privacy awareness campaign where you educate employees on your company privacy policy. Share messages about privacy around the office, on internal message boards, in company newsletters, or emails. Teach new employees their role in your privacy culture and reinforce throughout their career.
  2. Organize a Privacy Awareness Training. Invite outside speakers to talk to employees about why privacy matters. Engage staff by asking them to consider how privacy and data security applies to the work they do on a daily basis.
  3. Help Employees Manage their Individual Privacy. Better security and privacy behaviors at home will translate to better security and privacy practices at work. Teach employees how to update their privacy and security settings on personal accounts. Need some help? Use NCSA's Privacy Settings page as a resource.
  4. Add Privacy to the Employee's Toolbox. Give your employees actual tools they can use to improve their privacy, such as company-branded camera covers or privacy screens for their devices, or virtual private networks (VPNs) to secure their connections.
  5. Let the Experts Handle It. Most employees aren't privacy or security experts, so build in mechanisms for making it easy for them to report privacy or security concerns to your internal or external experts. 

Click here to download a PDF of the NCSA's "5 Ways to Help Employees be #PrivacyAware" infographic.

5 Ways to Help Employees be #PrivacyAware

Protecting personal data, both your own and the data handled at work, is becoming increasingly important in our digital world. Read our Data Privacy by the Numbers blog post for a glimpse into the importance of data privacy and how protecting personal data is a team sport.

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