Different countries come together this Friday, January 28th, to celebrate the European Data Protection Day, drawing the attention of citizens to the risks resulting from not protecting their personal information correctly. In Portugal, the National Data Protection Commission (CNPD) has some initiatives prepared.
The agency will make available, from its website, a survey that allows internet users to check their level of vulnerability to identity theft, online and offline.
It is a multiple choice questionnaire that covers 11 everyday situations in which you can be subject to identity theft. Each person will only have to tick the option that best corresponds to their way of acting. At the end of the test, a score is assigned to each topic covered and an overall assessment of the degree of exposure to identity theft.
“These are situations that allow us to understand whether we usually put our personal information at risk and what we can do to correct these vulnerabilities”, explained Clara Guerra, from CNPD, in statements to TeK.
Alongside the survey, the “Reading and Learning” guide is launched, which contains advice for safer behavior, so that data such as name, address, bank account number, among others, do not fall into the wrong hands.
“Our aim is to alert and raise awareness of the protection of personal data, because, first of all, their security, whether we are talking about surfing the Internet or withdrawing money from an ATM, is related to our own behavior” , considers Clara Guerra.
The European Data Protection Day will also be marked with the launch of the second edition of the competition “A Slogan for Privacy”, within the scope of the Dadus project.
The competition is aimed at school-age young people who are asked to create short, eye-catching phrases related to the importance of privacy and the protection of personal data.
The competition has a period of applications, among which ten are selected by the Dadus team, which are then submitted to online voting to choose the best three. It should be noted that last year the initiative brought together more than 1,000 participations.