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Today is Data Privacy Day!
Today is Data Privacy Day and the Information Access and Privacy Protection office at Memorial would like to take the opportunity to remind everyone in the university community: guard your personal info and take care on social media.
Rosemary Thorne, the University Privacy Officer, wants everyone to consider in particular the risk of identity theft. Identity thieves look for information that includes your name, address, date of birth, credit card numbers, and social insurance number. “Guard your date of birth and social insurance number, in particular,” she advises, “and keep your identity cards safe.”
The Privacy Commissioner of Canada offers some tips on lowering the risk of becoming a victim of identity theft:
- Keep key documents that you don’t need on a regular basis—your birth certificate and SIN card, for example—in a safe place such as a safety deposit box.
- Don’t give credit card numbers over the phone or online unless you are sure who you are dealing with.
- Review all credit card and bank statements as soon as they arrive to check for discrepancies.
- Shred or burn all papers with personal or financial information, including statements, bills, receipts and credit card offers.
- Immediately report the loss or theft of credit and debit cards and government documents such as SIN cards, birth certificates, driver’s licenses, and immigration papers.
- Educate yourself about online security and privacy measures, including virus protection.
- Be suspicious of e-mails asking you to provide personal information online. Reputable firms never ask for personal information in this manner.
- Never click on links from unknown sources in the e-mail or cut and paste them into your browser—the link may be what is called “phishing” and may result in your credentials and your entire computer system to be compromised.
- Check your credit report from a credit reporting agency once a year to ensure it is accurate and doesn’t include debts you haven’t incurred.
- Keep your passwords private and change them often.
Data Privacy Day is recognized worldwide and aims to generate awareness and promote best practices in privacy and data protection. The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner has some great information and tips: http://www.oipc.nl.ca/dataprivacyday2015activities.htm