Association for Computing Machinery, Preeminent Group of Computing Professionals Worldwide, Promotes International Data Privacy Day
New York, NY January 27, 2020 – The Association for Computing Machinery’s Technology Policy Council (ACM TPC) and US Technology Policy Committee (USTPC) today announced their support for International Data Privacy Day, a global initiative of the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) to empower individuals and encourage businesses to respect privacy, safeguard data and enable trust. Data Privacy Day is observed annually worldwide on January 28. ACM member policy leaders may be quoted regarding Data Privacy Day 2020 as follows:
Through its public policy activities, ACM has long advocated for the protection of privacy in the design and use of computing technologies, applications, and systems. Data Privacy Day gives us an opportunity to raise awareness about how you can safeguard your privacy online and in your homes, workplaces, and communities. It also reminds those of us who design and deploy information and computing technologies that we have a duty to understand the rights and responsibilities associated with the protection of privacy – we must take special care in handling the data of individuals, minimize its collection, ensure its accuracy, secure against unauthorized access, and be transparent in our practices.
Dr. Lorraine Kisselburgh, Chair
ACM Technology Policy Council
Despite numerous headlines in major media outlets about massive data breaches and corporate abuses of personal data, the truth is that most people, including legislators, don’t know the basics of data privacy. ACM is proud to be part of this vital effort to educate people on simple steps they can take to improve the safety of their own data and also to help legislators learn how this vital human rights issue impacts the people they represent.
Dr. James Hendler, Chair
ACM US Technology Policy Committee
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“[N]ow is the time for Congress to act to protect the public interest and the integrity of the democratic process by adopting comprehensive and effective personal privacy protection legislation.”
ACM USTPC “recommends that Congress craft and adopt comprehensive, risk-based privacy protections that achieve nine critical and distinct objectives.”
- Letter to U.S. Senate re: “Recommendations and Call for Action to Address Data Privacy Risks and harms Revealed by Facebook/Cambridge Analytica Inquiries” (July 2, 2018)
“An automated system should not produce an adverse decision about an individual without the individual’s full knowledge of the factors that produced that outcome.”
“[T]he benefits of emerging technologies, such as Big Data and the Internet of Things, should and need not come at the expense of personal privacy. It is hoped and intended that the principles and practices set out in this Statement will provide a basis for building data privacy into modern technological systems.”
- Statement on the Importance of Preserving Personal Privacy, including 10 Foundational Privacy Principles and Practices (March 2018)
Additional recent ACM Policy products related to data privacy include:
- Letter to Senate Task Force on Privacy Chair Blackburn Calling for Maximum Public Input and Transparency in Panel's Work (July 22, 2019)
- Comments to National Institute of Standards and Technology on Developing a Privacy Framework (January 14, 2019)
- Comments to NTIA re: Developing the Administration’s Approach to Consumer Privacy (November 8, 2018)
- Joint Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Leaders Urging Rapid Action to Fill Vacancies on Privacy & Civil Liberties Oversight Board (August 29, 2018)
- Letter to US Senate Calling for Consumer Privacy Protections to Safeguard Data (July 2, 2018)
- Letter to U.S. Senators on Committee Consideration of Facebook Data Compromises (April 9, 2018)