Tech Report: The State Of Data Privacy

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Monday marked National Data Privacy Day, an international collaboration and nationwide effort to educate and raise awareness about data privacy, stewardship of data and protecting the privacy of personal information.

Privacy and security experts from across the country and several of the largest companies, including Facebook, AT&T and Intel, held a forum Monday morning. They touched on privacy issues, safeguarding data, privacy innovation and the implications for personal information in the digital age and the mobile environment.

Led by the National Cyber Security Alliance, Data Privacy Day began in January 2008 in the United States and Canada as an extension of the Data Protection Day celebrated in Europe.

Experts said they hope the day would further highlight year round efforts to improve the security of personal data.

In conjunction with Data Privacy Day 2013, Microsoft released new data showing users’ perceptions of how their information is used online. One of the main findings is that 45 percent of those polled said they have little or no control over the personal information companies gather about them while they are browsing the web.

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