Data Protection Day

‘Think Privacy’ is a campaign related to Data Protection Day, celebrated every year on the 28th January. Data Protection Day aims to raise awareness amongst citizens on privacy and data protection. Young people aged between 15 and 19 years olds are invited to take part in the Data Protection competition, which will be running from 15 October 2009 to 5 January 2010.

To compete, each pupil should create a multimedia presentation and submit it before 5 January 2010 to A multimedia presentation can include any form of content (texts, audio, still images, animation, slideshow, video) or any combination of different content forms. Your entry must not exceed 90 seconds. The presentation will highlight privacy as a human right, essential for the protection of freedom and one that everyone should respect.

Winners will be selected from the most highly rated entries by an eminent jury including, amongst others, education and data privacy specialists, a member of the European Parliament, a youth representative and a representative of the technology industry. Members from the winning team will be invited to spend three days in Brussels to attend a special Data Protection Day award ceremony on 28 January 2010 initiated by European Schoolnet and Microsoft with the support of academic and governmental institutions, amongst them, the Council of Europe.

The winning teams will participate in a film-making workshop and receive prizes including equipment and sponsorships for their school or organization.

The Think Privacy campaign is driven by European Schoolnet, Coface, VUB, Microsoft and Channel 4. The program is also supported by the European Commission as well as the Council of Europe.

Privacy is a human right. Treat it with care!