Tarleton research institute becomes Data Privacy Day champion

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STEPHENVILLE (January 26, 2015) — The Texas Social Media Research Institute (TSMRI) at Tarleton State University has become an official champion for Data Privacy Day, Jan. 28. The group will host and participate in five Twitter chats on the data privacy topics.

Data Privacy Day, held annually on Jan. 28, observes safe online practices and urges people to rethink their online presence. This can be done by turning off location-based data and checking app permissions before downloading.

“TSMRI believes in being safe online,” said Dr. Jennifer Edwards, TSMRI executive director. “By participating in Data Privacy Day, we hope to impress upon everyone the dangers of oversharing on the Internet.”

TSMRI encourages everyone to take part in a series of Twitter chats from Jan. 28 to Feb. 19 to celebrate Data Privacy Month. As part of the group’s regular Thursday night Twitter chats, TSMRI will host discussions about data privacy for the first three weeks of February.

• Jan. 28, 10 a.m. EST- IBM Data Privacy Day Twitter Chat (#IdentityMixer)
• Feb. 4, 3-4 p.m. EST- #ChatDPD: We Heart Privacy – Top Privacy Tips for 2015
• Feb. 5, 8 p.m. CST- Data Privacy and Children (#TxSocialMedia)
• Feb. 12, 8 p.m. CST- Data Privacy and Death (#TxSocialMedia)
• Feb. 19, 8 p.m. CST- Data Privacy and Businesses (#TxSocialMedia)

The first Data Privacy Day was held in 2008. DPD is a project of the National Cyber Security Alliance, a nonprofit, public-private partnership dedicated to cybersecurity education and awareness. More information about the national event is available athttp://www.staysafeonline.org/data-privacy-day.

The Tarleton Texas Social Media Research Institute is a cross-collaborative institute consisting of  faculty, staff, and students who are focused on social media research and education in Texas. Follow TSMRI’s blog at http://tsmri.blogspot.com/ or @TSMRI on Twitter for social media news.

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