It may seem a little late for the greeting now that we’re near the end of January, but did you know that January 28 is a holiday? These days, pretty much every day is a “holiday” of sorts- be it international, national, or local. If you’re curious about when World Penguin Day is (April 25) or National Linguine Day (September 15), here is a listing of international holidays and a listing of U.S. national celebratory days.

January 28 is a day of note, though (much as we’d love it if everyone started observing International Special Librarian’s Day, April 16)- it’s Data Privacy Day! According to StaySafeOnline, “Millions of people are unaware of and uninformed about how their personal information is being used, collected, or shared in our digital society. Data Privacy Day aims to inspire dialogue and empower individuals and companies to take action.” 

With people sharing more and more personal data these days-- oftentimes without even realizing it-- this is an incredibly important “holiday” to observe. If you want to check or change your privacy/security settings on many common apps and social media networks, StaySafeOnline also has a list of direct links to update your settings on sites like Amazon, Google, Uber, Facebook, and Instagram.

If you want even more info about Data Privacy Day and protecting your data, including links to the 2014 Senate Resolution declaring January 28 “Data Privacy Day” (PDF), check out this informative blog post.

Submitted by Emma E Babler on January 29, 2020

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