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Data Privacy Day

Data Privacy Day is a national effort to empower people to protect their privacy, control their digital footprint and escalate the protection of privacy and data as everyone's priority, and is celebrated annually around the world on January 28 to increase awareness about the many ways personal information is collected, stored, used, and shared, and provide education about privacy practices that will enable individuals to protect their personal information.  

Data is crucial for achieving our mission to raise the knowledge, skill, and opportunity of all the people in New York. Our vision is to provide leadership for a system that yields the best educated people in the world. That leadership extends to raising awareness amongst our employees, stakeholders and vendors of the critical importance of protecting the privacy and security of personally identifiable, confidential and sensitive information, especially student data. We take our legal obligations to  promote the least intrusive data collection policies that advance the goals of: improving academic achievement; empowering parents with information; advancing efficient and effective school operations, while minimizing the collection and transmission of personally identifiable information very seriously. As we celebrate Data Privacy Day in 2020, I urge all to please choose privacy as you perform your daily tasks.

Thank you.

Temitope Akinyemi,

Chief Privacy Officer

NYS Education Department


Additional information and resources on data privacy are available at the following websites:

Education Privacy Resource Center

U.S. Department of Education Student Privacy Policy Office

StaySafe Online - Data Privacy Day

Federal Trade Commission - Consumer Privacy

Federal Trade Commission - Consumer Information: Privacy, Identity & Online Security