Information Technology Services
Information Technology Services

Data Privacy Day


Data Privacy Day – Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data and Enabling Trust

Data Privacy Day is an effort to empower people to protect their privacy, control their digital footprint and increase the protection of privacy and data. Information protection is everyone’s priority at Queen’s or at home. This annual event held January 28 aims to create awareness about the privacy and protection of information issues being faced in society today. This international initiative is lead by The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). For more information on this year’s event, and how to become more privacy aware visit

Data privacy affects everything we do online. Members of the Queen’s community have a responsibility to preserve the integrity and reliability of the university’s IT infrastructure and the confidentiality of valuable or sensitive information such as research documents or personal records. The Electronic Information Security Policy Framework on the University Secretariat and Legal Counsel’s website outlines the responsibilities of each member type within the Queen’s community. The ITS website offers Education and Awareness on information security. Campus users can also educate themselves using the Information Security Awareness training course on Moodle.


Data Privacy Tips


Be careful what you share online. Before posting online, think about how it might be perceived now and how it might affect you in the future. Check out the ITS Social Media Security Best Practices page for helpful tips on sharing personal information online.

Take the necessary steps to protect the data entrusted to you. The consequences of a lost or stolen USB key, external hard drive, laptop, tablet, cell phone, or other similar electronic device that may contain personal or sensitive data, can be dramatically reduced by ensuring that these devices are encrypted. ITS at Queen’s offers Encryption Service for staff and faculty. Visit our Encryption Best Practices page to ensure you are properly protecting university data and personal information.

Create strong passwords. Many people choose a password that is easy to remember like an address, pet’s name or special date. To keep unwanted visitors from cracking your passwords, develop a strong password to protect your confidential files.

Be aware of and educate yourself on how to identify phishing attacks. Although the university has filters in place to keep malicious emails out of our system, sometimes phishing attempts still make it through disguised as a safe email. Visit the ITS site to learn about how to protect yourself against a phishing attack and to see recent examples of phishing attempts.

Ensure your mobile devices are properly protected. More than ever, we are carrying banking information, family photos and personal emails all in one device. ITS offers a Mobile Device Security Best Practices page with information on how to properly secure your mobile device.


Additional Resources and Media


Students, facluty and staff in the Arc

Members of the Queen’s community have a responsibility to uphold the confidentiality of valuable or sensitive information.
Photo of students, faculty and staff in the Arc.