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Happy Thursday everybody, and happy Data Privacy Week!

Maybe it’s not as famous as, say Pi Day (March 14th) or Star Wars Day (May 4th), but Data Privacy Day rolls around every January 28th. This year, that’s this Saturday. Amongst members of the privacy community, it’s often celebrated all week long.

Now, celebrating Data Privacy Week doesn’t mean we’re popping champagne bottles or exchanging gifts all week long, but we are being especially reflective about the biggest challenges in data privacy today, where we’ve come from, and where we’re going.

If you’d like to learn more about the day and how to celebrate, scroll down to see our blog on the subject.

Here’s to a happy Data Privacy Day,


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Osano blog: What is Data Privacy Day and how can you celebrate it?

It’s Osano’s second favorite holiday (after Halloween, of course)—Data Privacy Day is here! Every January 28th, privacy professionals, employees, employers, and regular citizens alike have the opportunity to reflect on what privacy means to them. Check out our blog post to learn everything there is to know about Data Privacy Day and how you can celebrate it.

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