Data Privacy Day

USC faculty and staff are entrusted with the privacy of information we collect, use, disclose, and retain on a daily basis.

Data Privacy Day occurs every Jan. 28, and is an international effort to educate individuals and businesses across all industries to respect privacy, safeguard data, and enable trust.

Staff from the Office of Culture, Ethics and Compliance will be at a stand at Tommy Trojan at 1 p.m.-4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 28, to offer data privacy information and also hand out exclusive USC “Be a Privacy Pro” laptop stickers.

Ways to ensure data privacy at USC

  • Only collect and use personal information needed for an intended purpose.
  • Encrypt mobile devices (i.e., laptops, USB drives) on which personal information is stored.
  • Keep personal information safe and secure.
  • Only share USC personal and confidential information on a need-to-know basis and as permitted by USC policies and the law.

USC’s Data Privacy Principles form the core of USC’s position on the collection, use, and retention of personally identifiable information. These principles are incorporated in USC’s Data Privacy Compliance Program.

Ways to protect your personal data

We all should take steps to protect our personal data, and understand who has it and how is it being used. Take the following actions to safeguard your data and privacy:

  • Delete mobile apps you no longer use.
  • Change your passphrases and use a password manager to store them securely.
  • Check that you don’t have confidential information (i.e., students’ personal information such as grades or test results, or your own open enrollment documents or W2s) on unsecure personal laptops or desktop computers.
  • Review your mobile apps’ privacy policies on data collection, and use and update your privacy settings to reflect your preferences.

Refer to the Data Privacy Compliance Program and TrojanSecure for more information about data privacy and information security.