Got Privacy?

Privacy Fact: Your credit card’s magnetic strip knows your secrets! The banking industry is finally stepping up to provide robust privacy and data protection because one of the biggest threats is the card itself. Magnetic strips contain a great deal of information that is potentially hackable.

January 28 is a good day to take stock of your data privacy. Why is that? It’s Data Privacy Day (DPD) which commemorates the January 28, 1981, signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection. Data Privacy Day is observed annually on January 28. United States and Canada began observing it in January 2008 as an extension of the Data Protection Day celebration in Europe.

DPD is an opportunity to remind ourselves about the importance of data privacy and security. Awareness about how to reduce and secure the personal data we provide is critical to limiting exposure to identity theft and more.

Throughout the week, our Chief Privacy Officer Ginger Armbruster will have some tips about maintaining and protecting data privacy.

Ginger Armbruster is the City of Seattle’s chief privacy officer. She works to protect the sensitive information of Seattle residents that is collected, used, and disposed of while ensuring the City upholds its commitment to be transparent.

She earned an undergraduate degree in political science from Columbia University and a master’s degree in infrastructure planning and management from the University of Washington in 2013.