On January 28th, the U.S. and many countries around the world join to celebrate Data Privacy Day. The annual celebration of Data Privacy Day is intended to promote awareness about how information is collected and to educate individuals of all ages about best privacy practices.  In today’s digital world, where we submit a vast amount of personal information on the web, we need to know how to protect our key information and ask the questions ‘Who is collecting this data?’ and ‘What are they doing with it?’

The National Cyber Security Alliance offers many resources for teens and young adults, as well as parents and kids in hopes of raising privacy issues at home, in the classroom, and throughout businesses.  Visit Staysafeonline.org to explore these educational resources and to spread awareness about Data Privacy Day!

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Last week’s Sony data breach shattered TJX’s longstanding record for the largest customer data theft ever, a dubious honor that TJX has held since 2007.

The massive Sony breach leaves millions and millions of credit cards at risk.  Details still aren’t clear yet, but the Sony breach *may* have included the theft of customer credit card information, as well as other personal information such as billing addresses, usernames/passwords, email addresses, birthdays, and transaction histories.

Did Sony take reasonable care to protect, encrypt, and secure the private and sensitive data of its users?

Did Sony take too long to notify customers that their personal information had been exposed?

Looks like these questions will be answered in a courtroom as the first lawsuit resulting from the Sony security breach of the personal data of more than 75 million Sony PlayStation Network customers has been filed.

The class action lawsuit seeks seeks a trial by jury and fitting monetary reimbursement…. And the case’s Overview cites “breach of warranty, negligent data security, violations of consumers’ rights of privacy, failure to protect those rights, and failure and on-going refusal to timely inform consumers of unauthorized third party access to their credit card account and other nonpublic and private financial information” as cause enough, noting Sony’s “failure to maintain adequate computer data security of consumer personal data and financial data.”

For more information, take a look at the post on the Sony PlayStation blog.  I’m sure we’ll be learning more as further breach details are disclosed and as court proceedings advance.