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U.S. Senate Resolution: National Data Privacy Day 1/28/09

From the U.S. Senate Daily Digest, 1/28/09: The Senate agreed on Wed. to S. Res. 25, expressing support for designation of 1/28/09, as ``National Data Privacy Day''.(1)

The recognition of 'National Data Privacy Day' will encourage more people nationwide to be aware of data privacy concerns and to take steps to protect their personal information online.
In part, in the Resolution, the Senate observes and advises that:
[The] Internet and the capabilities of modern technology cause data privacy issues to figure prominently in the lives of many people in the United States at work, in their interaction with government and public authorities, in the health field, in e-commerce transactions, and online generally. [Many] individuals are unaware of data protection and privacy laws and of specific steps that can be taken to help protect the privacy of personal information online....
[National] Data Privacy Day constitutes an international collaboration and a nationwide and statewide effort to raise awareness about data privacy and the protection of personal information on the Internet. [Government] officials from the U.S. and Europe, privacy professionals, academics, legal scholars, representatives of international businesses, and others with an interest in data privacy issues are working together on this date to further the discussion about data privacy and protection.
[Privacy] is a central element of the mission of the FTC and the Commission will need to continue to educate consumers about protecting their personal information. Their consumer education campaigns should be part of a National effort.
The Senate encourages individuals across the Nation to be aware of data privacy concerns and to take steps to protect their personal information online.

Simple resolutions are designated H.Res. and S.Res., followed by a number. A simple resolution addresses matters entirely within the prerogative of one house, such as revising the standing rules of one Chamber. Simple resolutions are also used to express the sentiments of a single house, such as offering condolences to the family of a deceased member of Congress, or it may give "advice" on foreign policy or other executive business. Simple resolutions do not require the approval of the other house nor the signature of the President, and they do not have the force of law.(2)

(1)http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/dailydigest
(2)http://www.senate.gov/legislative/common/briefing/leg_laws_acts.htm#2

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