Today is January 28, which as you may remember (if you have an uncanny ability to recall past OnQ blog posts on demand or a calendar reminder for specific holidays) is Data Privacy Day.
“What is Data Privacy Day?” you may ask, “And why is Qualcomm a DPD Champion?” In a nutshell, Data Privacy Day, or DPD, is an international awareness effort to encourage Internet users to consider the privacy implications of their online actions and motivate all companies to make the protection of privacy and data a greater priority. Coordinated and led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), Data Privacy Day began in the United States and Canada in January 2008 as an extension of the Data Protection Day celebration in Europe. The day, January 28, which is now celebrated in over 30 countries, commemorates the 1981 signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection.
As a DPD Champion, Qualcomm recognizes and supports the principle that organizations, businesses and government all share the responsibility to be conscientious stewards of data by respecting privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust.
We do this in a number of ways. Qualcomm’s privacy program is overseen by a Privacy Steering Committee (the PSC). The PSC is comprised of lawyers, engineers, information security and risk managers, product managers, marketers, and government affairs representatives. Most of the groups and divisions of the company have a representative on the PSC. The PSC strives to do the following:
- Harmonize Qualcomm's privacy practices across the company,
- Provide strategic guidance and recommendations on privacy issues,
- Identify and capitalize on opportunities for sound privacy practices,
- Educate the company on privacy issues, and
- Protect the company by maintaining appropriate privacy practices.
Over the past couple of years, the PSC has undertaken a number of initiatives to further improve responsible information management at Qualcomm. Last year, we announced the publication of our Privacy Guiding Principles.
Since then, in addition to promoting our privacy guiding principles, we also developed and published our Privacy Public Policy Positions including respect for context; coexistence of data protection and privacy approaches; stimulating innovation; and technology, service, platform and business model neutrality. Furthermore we have conducted regular employee privacy trainings and awareness campaigns.
In addition to addressing privacy in our products, we are part of the global conversation about privacy. We lend our voice through trade associations such as CTIA, ITI, Tech America and Digital Europe. We also attend annual conferences to engage in stakeholder dialogue such as the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners.
Today, in addition to celebrating DPD internally with our employees by showcasing privacy and handing out some rad giveaways, we have partnered with other San Diego businesses to deliver an evening event in San Diego at the SDG&E Innovation Center entitled Privacy in Motion—Mobile Devices & Privacy Issues.
I personally am looking forward to engaging with leaders in the San Diego community on these issues and encourage you to let us know how you’re celebrating DPD.